The basis for impeachment can be found in Volume 2 of the special counsel’s report, which outlined 11 ways in which investigators probed whether Trump hindered Mueller’s work and intentionally obstructed justice.
Although Mueller believed he was barred from indicting Trump, he said his office was aware that it should act while witnesses and documents were still available, and because it was possible that others would be charged. He said that where Trump was concerned, ultimately, “the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.”
The incidents from the report referenced by Amash, who, like Trump, is a Republican, include the President allegedly pressuring his former White House counsel, Don McGahn, to lie about Trump’s demand that McGahn act to remove Mueller.
Whether they would be considered “high crimes and misdemeanors” of the kind that could lead to impeachment, they likely offend anyone with a serious view of the President’s duties as a public servant and defender or America’s democratic ideals.
For years, the President has conducted an escalating campaign of character assassination against Mueller’s team, the FBI and the larger intelligence community.
A man of few public words, Mueller devoted some of them Wednesday to defending these very same people. “I want to thank the attorneys, the FBI agents, and analysts, the professional staff who helped us conduct this investigation in a fair and independent manner,” he said. “These individuals who spent nearly two years with the special counsel’s office were of the highest integrity.”
Not a word generally attached to Donald Trump, “integrity” has been a byword for Mueller throughout his career. With his work as special counsel complete, the question of integrity must now be focused on the House of Representatives, which can restore the dignity of the presidency by taking up the work Mueller suggests.
With his report, and his speech, he called them to their duty and offered them direction on how to fulfill it.