Pelosi: Impeachment is not the only way to investigate Trump

WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reminded Democrats Monday that they don’t have to pursue impeachment to investigate President Trump.

“While our views range from proceeding to investigate the findings of the Mueller report or proceeding directory to impeachment, we all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the truth,” Pelosi wrote in a “Dear Colleague” letter on Monday.

“It is also important to know that the facts regarding holding the President accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings.”

A number of Democrats have said they’d like to pursue impeachment, from freshmen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), a presidential contender.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee – which would have to take up an impeachment resolution – has said it’s premature.

“The idea is not to decide whether to debate articles of impeachment, we may get to that point, the idea is to find exactly what went on, who did what, what institutional safeguards were gotten around and how they were gotten around and then decide what to do with it,” Nadler said Friday on WNYC radio.

Pelosi included in her note to colleagues a letter signed by six top Democrats from both the House and Senate telling Attorney General William Barr that his proposal to allow some members of Congress to see the full report by special counsel Robert Mueller wasn’t going to satisfy them.

“The department now has a duty to submit the full report and underlying evidence to Congress so that it can fulfill its Constitutional responsibilities,” the letter said.

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