The July 25 Buffalo News headline; “Mueller fails to give Democrats ammunition for impeachment,” assumes that more ammunition is necessary. I respectfully disagree.
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, on July 24, confronted Robert Mueller, in full view of the American public: “Your investigation found multiple acts by the president that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations, including the Russian interference and obstruction investigations. Is that correct?” “Correct,” Mueller replied.
In 2017, the president called White House Counsel Donald McGahn and directed him to contact the Acting Attorney General with the message that Mueller, the Special Counsel, needed to be removed. McGahn did not do so. (“Mueller Report” Vol. II, page 4). When reports of this surfaced in 2018, the president then pressured McGahn to deny the story and McGahn was told to “create a record,” essentially to lie, stating that he had not been so directed by the president. McGahn refused, as it was not “what he remembered happening.” (Vol. II, pages 5, 6). Vol. II, page 7 of the “Mueller Report” reveals that the president discouraged witnesses from cooperating with the investigation and that he made suggestions of possible future pardons.
The “Mueller Report” cites many other transgressions.
We must ensure that egregious offenses by any president do not become the norm. Without consequences for misconduct and a check on abuse of power, we will become an autocratic country such as we see in dictatorships around the world. Congressional hearings on July 24 did not provide drama; rather, they presented and clarified many findings of the investigation. Now, it’s up to Congress and to us, as individuals, to act.
Public servants who put country above party do exist. Let’s search for and support them – as if our lives depend on it.