After viewing the recently-submitted Mueller report on Thursday, Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer, the current House Majority Leader, said Democrats’ plans to impeach President Trump are not “worthwhile.”
“Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point,” Hoyer said during an interview, urging Democrats to set their sights ahead on the upcoming 2020 election.
By Friday, several far-left Democrats called for the impeachment of the president, with Democrat Senator and 2020 presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren urging Congress to move ahead with plans to impeach.
With the Mueller report having vindicated President Trump of collusion and obstruction allegations, Democrats are now left in the position of abandoning the debunked narrative, or continuing to press the issue.
Liberals reacted with dismay over Hoyer’s admission.
Actor Jon Favreau wrote “This is unbelievably disappointing. Even if you don’t ultimately pursue impeachment proceedings, why on Earth would you say this today? ”
This is unbelievably disappointing. Even if you don't ultimately pursue impeachment proceedings, why on Earth would you say this today?
Part of the American people making a judgment in 2020 requires a full account of the President's criminality and abuse of power. https://t.co/DB634jA2Fq
— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) April 18, 2019
Greg Sargent wrote “This needs to be understood as straight-up abdication on the part of @LeaderHoyer himself. Note that he’s even taking an impeachment *inquiry* off the table. Remarkable cowardice and dereliction of basic duty.”
This needs to be understood as straight-up abdication on the part of @LeaderHoyer himself. Note that he's even taking an impeachment *inquiry* off the table. Remarkable cowardice and dereliction of basic duty. https://t.co/CpdJJvjm2x
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) April 18, 2019
From The Hill:
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Thursday that nothing he saw in special counsel Robert Mueller‘s report would make seeking to impeach President Trump a “worthwhile” effort “at this point.”
Hoyer made the remarks to CNN’s Dana Bash following the Justice Department’s release of Mueller’s partially redacted findings in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
“Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point,” Hoyer told CNN. “Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgement.”
According to the report, the special counsel did not establish that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election. Also, he declined to reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice in the investigation, though Mueller lists 10 “episodes” that his team investigated for possible obstruction.
In recent months, House Democratic leadership has avoided calls to impeach Trump. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said recently that impeaching the president is “not worth” the political divisiveness it would bring to the country.