Rep. Krishnamoorthi on Mueller, Trump and Impeachment


It was a marathon day of questioning.

Last week, former special counsel Robert Mueller sat before Congress to testify about his two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Thanks to our sponsors:

View all sponsors

The hotly anticipated hearings left many cold, as Mueller steadfastly refused to go beyond the bounds of his team’s report.

Still, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) thinks the televised hearings helped educate people who didn’t read the massive document.

“Let me put it this way: I think a lot more people watched ‘Godfather’ the movie than read the book,” Krishnamoorthi said.

Krishnamoorthi, whose 8th Congressional District includes Elgin, Schaumburg and Addison, questioned Mueller as part of his role on the House Intelligence Committee.

“We knew from the start that he was going to try to stay within the confines of the report. That being said, it was worth probing for more. In one particular instance, in my line of questioning he actually went further than what was in the report. He actually said that there’s an ongoing counterintelligence with regard to [convicted former National Security Advisor] Michael Flynn … and here we were thinking that all the investigations were over. So that was beyond the scope of the report,” Krishnamoorthi said.

While Mueller’s testimony doesn’t seem to have changed many opinions about the Trump campaign and subsequent administration, it has spurred more Democrats in the House to back impeachment. While Krishnamoorthi says the “offenses” described in the Mueller report are impeachable, he doesn’t support initiating proceedings.

“If we’re going to start something, we better finish it – meaning we need to be able to sustain a conviction,” Krishnamoorthi said. “I just don’t think that we should start and then have a situation where he’s cleared of wrongdoing and he can really say he’s exonerated, in which case I think it would a) embolden him; and b) I think it would almost reassure his re-election.”


Related stories:

What Comes After Mueller? Investigations, Lawsuits and More

Mueller Dismisses Trump’s Claims of Russia Probe Exoneration

Chicago-Area Congressmen Discuss Mueller Report, 2020 Census

Illinois Voter Data Hack Part of Mueller Report

‘A Good Day’: Trump Claims Victory With Mueller Report Out


Thanks to our sponsors:

View all sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors:

View all sponsors

randomness