The Atlantic - July 24, 2019
... There’s basic agreement between Mueller and Democrats in Congress on the facts of what Trump did, but no one wants to be the person to do something about it.
Mueller believes that Justice Department rules mean he cannot indict a president who committed a crime, that Congress must act, and—though he won’t say so directly—that impeachment is the tool Congress has.
House Democrats, however, are desperate for Mueller to give them cover to forge ahead on an impeachment inquiry by telling them in his own words that Trump committed a crime. Although impeachment places the House in a position akin to a grand jury, investigating and then charging a suspect, Democrats seem to want Mueller, as a prosecutor, to forward charges to them. This leads them to plead with him to say they should act directly, as Escobar did, just as Mueller’s convictions lead him to stubbornly avoid doing so.
This is apparent on obstruction of justice, which is where the case against Trump may be strongest and where there’s the clearest agreement between Mueller and Democrats. As I wrote this morning, the Democrats Hakeem Jeffries and Ted Lieu walked Mueller through the three-prong test for obstruction of justice, showing how his report clearly found that Trump met all three prongs in some cases. Mueller, of course, tried to avoid stating the obvious conclusion: “The only thing I want to add is, going through the elements with you does not mean I subscribe to the—what you’re trying to prove through those elements.”
But why do the Democrats need Mueller to do this anyway? They could just connect the dots themselves and conclude that Trump obstructed justice—in fact, some of them clearly already have. But the House leadership remains unwilling to follow that conclusion to the logical action. ...
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