The Mueller Report and Calls for Trump's Impeachment: Here's What's Happening
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The Mueller Report and Calls for Trump's Impeachment: Here's What's Happening


June 04, 2019

A few weeks ago, the Mueller report was released, causing a buzz online with many people calling for impeachment. This has completely divided the federal government as both Democrats and Republicans offer different views on the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Just yesterday, on May 29, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, held a caucus in which she told people to "hold off" on the impeachment until they have continued their investigation and have all the facts. However, recent events and facts presented by Robert Mueller's confession and report have only served to further the Democrats' view that Trump must be impeached, putting pressure on Pelosi's view. Here is a quick summary of what's been going on: 

The Release of the Mueller Report

This all goes back to 2016 when Trump's presidential campaign team were accused of allegedly working with Russia in order to sway the election results. Since then, many members of Trump's team have been convicted and arrested notably Michael Cohen, Trump's ex-lawyer, and Paul Manafort, his ex-campaign chairman. Robert Mueller works for the FBI and along with a large team of lawyers and FBI officers, has been working on an investigation surrounding Trump's collusion with Russia and the allegations of obstruction of justice. The President has vehemently refuted these claims. 

The Mueller Report was officially published and released for the public on April 18. Recently, Mueller admitted that Trump was not innocent, saying "If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so". The report seemed to illustrate several instances of obstruction of justice.

Furthermore, Mueller writes that the "Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in a sweeping and systematic fashion". Despite this quote, and many more like it featured in the report, it is stated that there is not sufficient evidence to actually accuse Trump's campaign of conspiring with Russia.

The report detailed many important details eluding to foreign interference in the 2016 election, although the Justice Department does not have enough evidence and power to formally and officially prosecute Trump. Congress now has to judge the importance of the details mentioned in the report as only they have the power to actually do something about this.

Calls for Impeachment

Notable politicians and members of the government had already been calling for Trump's impeachment since the report came out, but after Robert Mueller's public speech yesterday, it seems as if more pressure has been placed for the impeachment of Donald Trump. Many Democratic candidates for the upcoming presidential elections expressed their belief that Trump should be impeached. This prompted Nancy Pelosi to come out and urge Democrats to proceed with caution when arguing for impeachment, stating that they need to wait to make sure they have all the facts before actively calling for impeachment. 

What's Next? 

As of right now, it still seems as if an impeachment of Trump will be quite unlikely. No one seems to agree on how to proceed. If Pelosi does agree to start the impeachment inquiry, it will probably not pass. It would be investigated by the Judiciary committee to make sure there are legitimate grounds for impeachment. If it passes here, then it would be passed on to a floor vote on the House and would then have to pass through the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, none of whom have expressed an interest in Trump’s impeachment. 

Valeria Keuser
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Writer since Jan, 2019 · 10 published articles

Valeria is currently studying Political Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands