Nadler Nails Barr For Misleading On Obstruction, Renews Impeachment Idea

April 18, 2019 3:27 p.m.

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) laid out the Democratic rebuttal after the redacted Mueller report’s release Thursday, hammering Attorney General William Barr’s mischaracterization of special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusions on the obstruction question.

“The special counsel concluded that ‘if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would state so. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment,'” Nadler read. “Obviously this changes the emphasis and meaning of the paragraph,” he added, referring to Barr’s summary containing only a partial quote from that section.

“The special counsel made clear that he did not exonerate the President and the responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the President accountable for his actions,” Nadler said. “Congress must get the full unredacted report along with the underlying evidence uncovered by special Counsel Mueller.”

Nadler implied that the revelations around the obstruction question are striking enough to renew the option of impeachment, telling a reporter “that’s one possibility.”

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