McCollum Statement on Special Counsel Mueller's Testimony Before House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees
Following Special Counsel Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees today, Congresswoman McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement:
“Mr. Mueller’s testimony today reaffirmed that Russia attacked our democracy in the 2016 election to solely benefit Donald Trump. The Trump campaign welcomed and encouraged the interference and lied about it to cover it up.
“Mr. Mueller testified that President Trump was not exculpated of crimes. The Special Counsel could not consider obstruction of justice charges because of the Department of Justice stating that a sitting president cannot be indicted. We know that there are instances of potential obstruction in the Mueller report meeting the three criteria for obstruction of justice. If any other American did what Mr. Trump did, that person would be presently under federal indictment.
“Mr. Mueller’s testimony made it clear that Congress is the only entity that can hold the president accountable while still in office. I believe the House should immediately begin impeachment proceedings, which will allow the evidence to be brought to light so Americans can see the role he played in undermining the strength and function of our democracy. He must be held accountable for obstruction of justice and any other high crimes and misdemeanors.
“Americans should have the power to elect our leaders with full faith and confidence and without foreign interference. Everything we stand for as Americans is on the line, and we must act.”