House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler said in his opening statement that “any other person” who acted as President Trump has would have been criminally charged.
“The President’s behavior included, and I quote from your report, ‘public attacks on the investigation, non-public efforts to control it, and efforts in both public and private to encourage witnesses not to cooperate,'” Nadler said.
“Among the most shocking of these incidents, President Trump ordered his White House counsel to have you fired and then to lie and deny that it ever happened; he ordered his former campaign manager to convince the recused attorney general to step in and limit your work; and he attempted to prevent witnesses from cooperating with your investigation.”
“Although Department policy barred you from indicting the President for this conduct, you made clear that he is not exonerated. Any other person who acted this way would have been charged with a crime. And in this nation, not even the President is above the law.
Some background: Mueller’s 448-page report, which was released in April, detailed numerous cases in which Trump asked his aides to take actions that would have obstructed the investigation, but stated they were unsuccessful because the aides refused his orders. Mueller’s investigation pointedly states it was unable to conclude “no criminal conduct occurred.”
Watch Nadler’s opening statement: