House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler confirmed what many conservatives suspected all along — President Trump’s opponents made up their minds long before Robert Mueller delivered his long-awaited findings.
Forget the facts. Forget Mueller’s report. Nadler vowed to continue investigating the President during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” with guest host Dana Bash.
“We know there was collusion,” said Nadler. “Why there’s been no indictments, we don’t know.” When pressed for what he knows, Nadler referred to the Trump Tower Meeting of 2016. Even Bash didn’t seem convinced by Nadler’s reasoning, interesting since CNN stands by the story it ran last July that President Donald Trump knew about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting with the Russians before it occurred.
It’s probable Bash didn’t agree with Nadler because more recent information has surfaced over the last few weeks that debunks the foundational components of the Trump Tower story.
During several interviews with Lanny Davis, the lawyer for Michael Cohen, much of the “solid” news Nadler relied on for his claims have proven to be untrustworthy.
“I think the reporting of the story got mixed up in the course of a criminal investigation. We were not the source of the story,” Davis told anchor Anderson Cooper last week.
He later admitted he confirmed the story to the New York Post when it was first reported when he knew it to be false.
“I regret that I wasn’t clear enough to The Post,” said Davis. “I should have been more clear. I could not independently confirm the information in the CNN story.”
Not only did Davis retract his story, but Michael Cohen also testified twice before Congress that he personally did not know about the meeting in advance.
Despite these contradictions, the Congressman had nothing more to offer in his assertion he “knows” Trump is guilty of collusion. Bash pointed out several times that even if such allegations were true, “none of that rose to the level of indictment.”
Nadler revealed his Party’s plans for President Trump when he replied, “Well, there have been obstructions of justice, whether they are — clearly, whether they are criminal obstruction is another question — the special prosecutor is limited in scope. His job was limited in scope and limited to crimes. What Congress has to do is look at a broader picture. We are in charge — we have the responsibility of protecting the rule of law, of looking at obstructions of justice, abuses of power, at corruption, in order to protect the rule of law so that our democratic institutions are not greatly damaged by this president.”
At that point Nadler said that House Democrats are sure to move forward with many investigations — this despite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s warnings of the consequences of “presidential harassment.”
During another interview last Thursday, CNN host John Berman asked Nadler about his assertions former Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker discussed the Mueller investigation with President Trump. The CNN host pressed Nadler for proof of his claim.
Nadler’s immediate response was, “Whittaker refused to deny” it.
“Let me ask you about ‘did not deny’… he had conversations,” CNN Host John Berman responded and then asked, “Do you have any evidence — proactive evidence — that he discussed it with the president?”
Nadler admitted that all he had was the evidence of press reports of various people. He referred to a CNN report that Trump called Whittaker in anger twice — once when Cohen pled guilty to lying under oath when asked about his knowledge of a Trump Tower project in Moscow, and another when New York prosecutors filed charges against Cohen for campaign finance violations.
Before the Mueller investigation, top Democrats joined in a rush to judgment that declared Donald Trump guilty of charges never to be filed.
The current chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Adam Schiff (Dem. – CA) said during a CNN interview on January 10, 2019, “there’s clear evidence on the issue of collusion … whether it amounts to conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt, I think, we still have to wait for Bob Mueller’s work.”
Now that the verdict is in, neither Schiff nor Nadler, have shown their supposed faith in Robert Muller. Instead, they plan to investigate the President until they can find something—anything—on him so as to justify their wish to impeach President Trump and remove him from office.