Nadler: Mueller Report Is "Limited To Crimes," Congress Has Responsibility To Look At "Broader Picture"

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Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler explained why Congress has a responsibility to take a much "broader" look at the Trump administration than did special counsel Mueller.

"The special prosecutor is limited in scope. His job was limited in scope and limited to crimes," Nadler explained. "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."





REP. JERRY NADLER: 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.

DANA BASH, CNN: On that very note, if Robert Mueller comes out in his report and suggests very strongly or states flat out that he agrees with you that the president obstructed justice, or that the president may have committed some crime that DOJ guidelines don't allow to be indicted, will you begin impeachment proceedings?

NADLER: It's way too early to speculate about that. Remember the -- it is true that the Justice Department thinks that they cannot indict a sitting president no matter what the evidence. As a matter of law. And that's what makes it even more important that all the evidence be given to Congress and the American people, because while the normal rule is, and it's a good rule, that if you aren't indicting someone because you don't have enough evidence, you don't then smear their name by saying they did these terrible things.

If you are not indicting someone because you can't as a matter of law then you can't hold the president accountable. The only other institution that can is Congress and you should not then hide the evidence, because that converts it into a cover-up. Congress needs that evidence and the American people need that evidence and information to make judgments.

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