Democrats are looking to move on quickly after accusing President Trump of being guilty of withholding aid to Ukraine (or threatening to withhold aid) unless they launch an investigation into the Bidens.
The claims of quid pro quo and bribery—like collusion, obstruction, extortion, and others—failed to bring Trump down, so Democrats are on to the next one, Politico reports.
Next on the list: Bring back former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and charge Trump with lying to his investigative team.
“Right now, impeachment is all about Ukraine. But after Thanksgiving, prepare for a Robert Mueller reprise,” Politico wrote on Friday morning.
The report adds: “Now that House Democrats have wrapped up public hearings on President Donald Trump’s pressure campaign to get Ukraine to launch politically advantageous investigations, there are plans to hold at least one public impeachment hearing on Trump’s misdeeds as alleged in the special counsel’s report.”
According to the report, House Democrats have already sent out a subpoena to former White House counsel Don McGahn and a judge is set to rule on whether McGahn needs to comply.
“This is something that’s unbelievably serious and it’s happening right now, very fast,” House counsel Doug Letter, who Politico reports is a close consultant of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said in an appeals case over the “new” Mueller evidence.
To close observers, a shift back to the Mueller probe isn’t all that surprising. Democratic leaders never took the 2016 Russia investigation off the table as an impeachment springboard, even as attention shifted to the Ukraine scandal.
Much of Mueller’s work is already part of the Democrats’ impeachment record. The former special counsel and his final report are mentioned a dozen times in the House resolution approved last month kick-starting the current public hearing process. Democrats noted in the resolution that Mueller “documented evidence strongly indicating that President Trump engaged in a course of conduct designed to obstruct the special counsel’s investigation, including any investigation into the president’s conduct.”
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