President Donald Trump said Monday he’s not worried in the least about impeachment in the aftermath of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report being made public.
Attending the annual White House Easter Egg Roll, the president was asked if he was concerned about facing impeachment proceedings.
“Not even a little bit,” Trump said, responding to a question called out by a reporter.
Mueller found no evidence of collusion with Russia, which more or less confirmed Trump’s assertion all along that the investigation was a witch hunt. On the issue of obstruction, Mueller did not conclude that a crime was committed, but also didn’t exonerate him.
Trump was also asked by CNN White House reporter Kaitlan Collins about his staff ignoring his orders, as the Mueller report suggested.
“Nobody disobeys my orders,” he replied curtly.
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POTUS on whether he's worried about staffers disobeying his orders: "Nobody disobeys my orders."
POTUS on if he's worried about impeachment: "Not even a little bit." pic.twitter.com/4hDXluyUFh
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 22, 2019
The question centers around former White House Counsel Don McGahn, who said he ignored an order from Trump to fire Mueller — the president disputes that account.
Mueller’s report suggested staff members regularly ignored commands from Trump that they did not agree with.
“The president’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that’s largely because the persons who surrounded the president decline to carry out orders or accede to his requests,” Mueller’s report stated.
The assertion feeds wight into efforts throughout Trump’s presidency by Democrats and their media allies to paint his administration as highly dysfunctional.
"Nobody disobeyed by orders," said Pres Trump, asked by a reporter about the Mueller Report assertions that some aides did not carry out his orders. Also said he's not worried about impeachment, not ever a little bit. pic.twitter.com/j41jKPzA98
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 22, 2019
President Trump took to Twitter beforehand to say that he has not done anything to meet the threshold for impeachment.
“Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment. There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach,” Trump tweeted. “It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!
Only the more extreme members of the Democratic Party have called for Trump to be impeached in the wake of Mueller’s 448 page report being released.
People such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and hard-left lawmakers like Reps. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has not been supportive of impeachment, saying the effort would likely fail and could divide the country — with Republicans controlling the Senate, there’s almost zero chance the upper chamber would vote for impeachment.
Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats Monday afternoon saying Trump, “at a minimum, engaged in highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior which does not bring honor to the office he holds,” according to Politico.
But she came up well short of pushing for impeachment, saying it’s “important to know that the facts regarding holding the president accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings.”
“While our views range from proceeding to investigate the findings of the Mueller report or proceeding directly to impeachment,”Pelosi wrote, “we all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the truth.”
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