‘There Was Collusion’: House Judiciary Chairman Just Dropped The Hammer On Trump
House Judiciary Committee chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler on Sunday declared that there was “open collusion” between President Trump’s campaign and Russia regardless of whether special counsel Robert Mueller found evidence of criminal conspiracy.
“There was in plain sight open collusion with the Russians,” Nadler said on CBS’ “Face The Nation,” pointing out Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner’s 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Russian associates allegedly indicates.
Mueller last month concluded his investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Moscow. He did not find conclusive evidence of cooperation between Trump’s campaign and Russia, according to a four-page summary of his findings provided to Congress by Attorney General William Barr.
Noting that Mueller also reportedly made no determination on obstruction of justice, Nadler called Barr “a biased person” who primarily serves the interests of the White House.
The full Mueller report has yet to be released and Nadler said Barr should redact “none of” the Mueller report before delivering it to the Judiciary Committee. He expressed confidence that information would not leak to the public.
“The committee has a very good record of protecting information which it decides to protect,” he said.
He also addressed claims he opposed the release of similar findings by Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr in 1998 after his investigation of then-President Bill Clinton.
Calling the comparison “apples and oranges,” Nadler said his remarks on the Starr report concerned the release of grand jury information to the public rather than to Congress.
Nadler did not take a position on whether the full Mueller report could contain grounds for impeachment, saying “there could be grounds for impeachment, there could be grounds for other actions, there could be things the American people ought to know.”