Sen. Ted Cruz appeared on CNN Sunday morning to say Democrats “fully intend” to impeach President Donald Trump regardless of what is or is not in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report submitted to Attorney General William Barr on Friday.
And while there may be a lot of truth in that assessment, the Speaker Nancy Pelosi-led Democratic Party is downplaying the possibility for the moment, not looking to stir the GOP base while getting out ahead of themselves — when the party does pounce, Pelosi will be sure they have their ducks in a row.
CNN anchor Dana Bash set Cruz up for a fall when she tried to put Trump’s words in his mouth, asking him if he would call the Mueller investigation a witch hunt. But Cruz was a step ahead of her, saying he would “leave that language to the president.”
“I will say that I’m concerned that it may have become a fishing expedition,” he added.
“We’ll see when we see the report. We’ll see what’s in the report,” Cruz said. “But I do think it’s striking that at least the early indications are there are no further indictments, which means, as you pointed out at the top of the show, that not a single person was indicted for colluding with the Russians to influence the 2016 election.”
The Republican senator noted that if that’s right, it would be good news for the American people in the face of how serious the charges were.
Bash pointed out that there were other ongoing investigations of the president and asked if it was a little premature for Republicans to be celebrating.
“Listen, if anyone thinks that the Mueller report being concluded is the end of the Democrats’ attempt to take down President Trump, they haven’t been paying attention the last two years,” Cruz countered. “It’s striking as I listened to your interview with Congressman Nadler that he was immediately pivoting away.”
“You know, yesterday the Mueller report was the end all and be all. It was going to be the salvation for the Democrats and destroy President Trump,” he continued. “Now you can already see the Democrats pivoting away saying, okay, well we need to do other investigations. It’s got to be someone else.”
(House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., told Bash earlier Sunday, “We know there was collusion. Why there have been no indictments, we don’t know.”)
Bash pointed out that the Justice Department was conducting other investigations.
“But Dana, my point is you asked Congressman Nadler whether the House is going to impeach the president,” Cruz said. “I’ll answer that for you: Yes. They fully intend to impeach the president and they don’t care about the basis.”
He pointed out that Nadler said earlier that the various Democrat-controlled House committees have a “broader” focus than just criminal acts when it comes to Trump.
“What they are basically saying is they are going to impeach the president for being Donald Trump. And they don’t care about the evidence,” Cruz declared.
But with Pelosi at the helm, they will be shrewd about it, meaning Trump and the Republican Party had better keep their guard up.
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