Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanThe Hill’s Morning Report — Trump turns the page back to Mueller probe Overnight Energy: Biden at bottom of green group’s climate rankings | Ex-Interior chief Zinke won’t rule out return to politics | Sierra Club to commit resources to help 100 candidates in 2020 Elizabeth Warren’s dog beats other 2020 Democrats in pet name poll MORE (D-Ohio) on Sunday called for impeachment proceedings to be initiated against President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon mayor says UK is ‘on the wrong side of history’ with Trump visit Hickenlooper booed in San Francisco for denouncing socialism Cuomo calls Trump base ‘mostly middle aged angry white males’ MORE.
“We oversee Article II of the Constitution,” the 2020 White House hopeful said during a CNN town hall.
“And when you think that the President has committed crimes – and I’ve read the Mueller report and think he obstructed (justice) on multiple occasions – we have a responsibility,” he added.
Ryan had previously deferred to the Judiciary Committee on the issue of impeachment.
He cited special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller seeks quiet retreat from public life Democratic lawmaker: ‘The only thing I can get on TV to talk about’ is impeachment Biden campaign: Impeachment ‘may be unavoidable’ now MORE‘s press conference earlier this week, saying he wanted to know whether Trump’s status as president was the only reason why Mueller chose not to indict.
“I wanted to know that answer,” Ryan said, “and the answer I got a couple days ago was yes, he would have.”
Mueller said on Wednesday that “if we had had confidence the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”
Mueller’s report, released last month, found insufficient evidence to charge Trump with conspiring with Moscow to interfere in the 2016 elections, but declined to make a prosecutorial decision about whether to the president obstructed subsequent investigations into the interference, instead outlining 10 “episodes” of behavior that were possibly obstructive.
Many Democrats have called for impeachment in the wake of the report, but party leadership has maintained that Democrats should stay the course of investigating the White House and that any impeachment attempt would be quashed in the GOP-controlled Senate.