New ad highlights Mueller testimony as impeachment push grows

Christopher Wilson
Senior Writer

A new TV ad from a group supporting the impeachment of President Trump shows excerpts of some of the most damaging testimony by former special counsel Robert Mueller at a House hearing last week.

Politico reported Tuesday morning that the group, Need to Impeach, which is funded by billionaire Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer, was “spending in the mid-six figures to air the ad on CNN and MSNBC before and after the second presidential debate.” The debates are airing on CNN Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

The 32-second ad shows exchanges with four representatives from last week’s House hearings with Mueller:

  • “What about total exoneration?” asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. “Did you actually totally exonerate the president?” to which Mueller replied, “No.”

  • “Isn’t it fair to say that the president’s written answers ... showed that he wasn’t always being truthful?” asked Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., to which Mueller replied, “Generally.”

  • “You believe that you could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?” asked Rep. Ken Buck, D-Colo., to which Mueller replied, “Yes.”

  • “The campaign welcomed the Russian help, did they not?” asked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to which Mueller replied, “Yes.”

  • “And they lied to cover it up?” Schiff followed up. “Generally, that’s true,” Mueller answered.

Since Mueller testified last Wednesday, more than a dozen additional Democrats have come out in favor of beginning impeachment proceedings against Trump. At least 107 Democrats — nearly half of their 235-person caucus — now support an impeachment inquiry, along with independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan. Were the full House to vote yes on articles of impeachment, the Republican-controlled Senate would then decide whether or not to remove the president from office.

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