U.S. House of Representatives
I was sadly and profoundly disturbed while reading the report by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III detailing the activities of a fragmented and undisciplined White House, a president whose activities boarded on illegality, and a presidential campaign whose contacts with the Russian government were dangerous and potentially harmful to our country and to global democracy.
The condemnation of President Trump’s behavior as reported in the Mueller report is shared not only by Democrats, but by thoughtful and respected members of the Republican Party who believe that Trump’s reported conduct is unworthy of our nation’s commander-in-chief.
Former U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake from Arizona recently said during a national radio program that the direction of the nation was perilously uncertain under Trump’s leadership, and that the Republican Party should find another candidate to replace Trump as the party’s nominee in next year’s presidential election.
Sen. Mitt Romney, the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in the 2012 presidential election, said that he, too, was deeply disturbed after reading the Mueller report. Romney said that he was “appalled” that members of the Trump campaign associated themselves with Russian government operatives.
“I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the president,” Romney said. “Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.”
On the issue of obstruction of justice, Mueller’s report demands that Congress and the people of our nation commence a search for the truth that will determine whether or not conduct occurred that extended beyond the boundaries of the law.
In his report, Mueller wrote that he and his investigators were unable to determine “conclusively” that criminal conduct occurred. The report could have stopped there, but it did not.
“While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” it continued.
Now is the time for Congress to pick up where the Mueller report concluded and determine whether or not there was conduct that was in fact criminal. We must discover why there was not an exoneration of the president by the special counsel. We cannot afford for this troubling issue to linger.
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Represents the 30th Congressional District of Texas in the United States House of Representatives. She also chairs the House committee on Science, Space and Technology.
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