In the wake of the Mueller report’s release, some Democrats are ramping up impeachment talk against President Donald Trump. And they’d love to see Attorney General Bill Barr resign as well.
Democrats gathered on a caucus conference call Monday to discuss their next steps, sources told the New York Post. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly cautioned them against rushing to impeach Trump, but according to a source on the call, she joked, “I’m all for impeaching Barr.”
The Democrats have harshly criticized the attorney general’s handling of the Mueller report and accused him of “protecting” Trump.
Barr draws heat
The ink was not even dry on the DOJ’s redactions in the Mueller report when Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) demanded to see an unredacted version.
Barr offered Democrat leadership a sneak peek at some redactions, but they refused.
Instead of working with the attorney general, they wanted to create the narrative that he is blocking them and protecting Trump.
All Barr did, though, was follow the rule of law by protecting the grand jury testimony and classified information in the Mueller report.
Difference of opinion
The Democrats’ knee-jerk reaction to the conclusion of the special counsel investigation is to move toward impeachment of the president for possible obstruction of justice.
Mueller did not find enough evidence to press obstruction charges against Trump, but House Democrats say his decision to neither charge nor clear Trump in the report leaves the door open for their own proceedings.
Those calls are only getting louder with at least one presidential candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), declaring that she supports impeachment.
Pelosi, aware of the strategic risks of impeachment, continues to hold back. She sent a letter to House Democrats on Monday reminding them that there are other options besides impeachment.
But while Democrats aren’t likely to succeed with impeachment, they don’t need to. By harassing Trump and his administration with investigations and impeachment proceedings, they will prevent him from doing much of anything else.