Eyes everywhere were glued to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s surprise press conference in which he elaborated on his report of Russian interference in the 2016 election, as well as President Donald Trump’s possible attempts to obstruct it.
While many of the clarifications were readily evident in the report (that Russia actively launched an attack on our electoral process, that the Special Counsel wasn’t confident that Trump didn’t commit crimes, etc.), one quote is standing out.
"The constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing." —Robert Mueller
Make no mistake: Mueller's report is an impeachment referral to Congress. pic.twitter.com/jWQjrnxC4U
— CAP Action 🏳️🌈 (@CAPAction) May 29, 2019
“[T]he Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.”
That process would be impeachment. Like virtually all of what Mueller said at Wednesday’s press conference, this was indicated in the report as well:
“The conclusion that Congress may apply obstruction laws to the President’s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.”
Many are taking the line from the press conference as a tacit referral for impeachment.
What is Congress waiting for?
— John S Poteet (@john_jspoteettn) May 29, 2019
Robert Mueller to Congress: "Do. Your. Job."
— Daniel Penrod (@CoachDPenrod) May 29, 2019
For those of you playing at home, this process has a name; it's called #Impeachment.
— Add your name (@RealDanB95) May 29, 2019
This is Mueller screaming from the mountain top, “Congress, do your f-ing job!”
— Tom Crane 🛫🏳️🌈 (@RTomCrane) May 29, 2019
Robert Mueller could not be more clear that he believes Congress needs to step up now, explicitly saying that charging a sitting President with a crime requires a process other than the criminal justice system allows.
There is no other reason for his statement today.
— David Jolly (@DavidJollyFL) May 29, 2019
What’s left to be seen is if Congress will listen. Democrats remain divided on whether or not impeachment proceedings are the right move going forward. Some worry that impeachment would only serve to discredit Democratic leadership, but Democratic constituents are growing increasingly frustrated.
The official Dem leadership position is: "Trump committed impeachable crimes but we shouldn't impeach him." https://t.co/rFVYwRnmgN
— Ezra Levin (@ezralevin) May 27, 2019
"We shouldn't impeach because–"
We SHOULD impeach, because the current president's policies only and expressed outcome is dead Americans.
That's not speculation. It's already happened, and will continue to happen in higher and higher numbers until he is no longer president.
— (((Aaron Bourque))) Opposes Nazis In All Ways (@TheMadWhitaker) May 27, 2019
I'm really tired of this trope sung out by scared and spineless dems that we shouldn't Impeach the Traitor because he won't be convicted. How many things in life do we do regardless of the outcome, a lot. Most Obvious the Election of Trump. https://t.co/wnOGDOJAr8
— Kandice (@CunananKandice) May 29, 2019
For better or for worse, the calls for impeachment continue to grow.