Opening statement by Rep. Jerry Nadler at Mueller hearing
Opening statement by Rep. Jerry Nadler at Mueller hearing Opening statement by Rep. Jerry Nadler at Mueller hearingWe welcome everyone to today’s hearing on oversight of the report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Thank you for being here. I want to say just a few words about our themes today: responsibilities, integrity and accountability. Your career, for example, is a model of responsibility. You are awarded a purple heart and the Bronze Star for Valor in Vietnam is the senior roles at the Department of Justice and in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, you served as director of the FBI two years ago. You return to Public Service until the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections you conducted with remarkable Integrity for 22 months. You never commented in what about your work, even when you were subjected to repeated and grossly unfair personal attacks. Instead, your indictments spoke for you and then astonishing detail over the course of your investigation. You up criminal indictments against 37 people identities. You secure the conviction of President Trump’s campaign. Chairman is Deputy campaign manager, among others. In the Paul manafort case alone. You recovered as much as 42 million dollars so that the course of your investigation to the taxpayers approaches 0 and then you report you want for the country, accountability as well and volume 1. You find that the Russian government attacked on 2016 elections, quote in a sweeping and systematic fashion and that the attacks were designed to benefit the Trump campaign volume to Wilkes it through 10 separate incidents of possible obstruction of justice. Wearing your words, President Trump attempted to exert undue influence over your investigation. The president’s Behavior included – and I quote, from your report – public attacks on the investigation, non-public efforts to control it and efforts in both public and private to encourage Witnesses not to cooperate. Close quote these incidents President Trump, or did his White House counsel to have you fired and then to lie and deny that it happened. He ordered his former campaign manager to convince the recuse Attorney General stepan and limit your work with your investigation, animated. Any other person who would have been charged with crimes is above the law which brings me to this committee’s work, stability, integrity and accountability. These are the marks will be measured as well. We have a responsibility to that. You have uncovered much when you said quote: the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting. President of wrongdoing. That process begins with the work of this committee. Follow your example director mother. We will act with Integrity. We will follow the facts with a lead. We will consider appropriate remedies. We will make a recommendation to the house when I work includes. We will do this work because there must be accountability for the conduct described in your report, especially as it relates to the present. Thank you again, director Mueller. We look forward to your testimony. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler gave an opening statement ahead of Robert Mueller’s testimony. Watch his remarks.