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Although House Democrats plan to continue their ongoing investigations into Donald Trump, his campaign, administration and business, now that the onus is off of Trump following the end of the Mueller probe, they plan to focus much more publicly on healthcare and other issues they campaigned on last year to win the House majority.
Special counsel Robert Mueller last week wrapped up his two-year investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 presidential election to Trump–and any subsequent obstruction of justice.
Mueller submitted a confidential report which remains sealed. However, Attorney General William “Bill” Barr released a short summary which essentially took any onus off of Trump for any criminal activity.
“There are so many legitimate questions about the attorney general’s summary of Mueller’s report, including whether or not Barr’s account amounts to something of a bit of a whitewash,” said NBC political host Chuck Todd. “But the challenge facing Democrats, and yes, some of us in the press, too, is that Barr’s summary has made it easy for people to dismiss all of those questions as sour grapes. But they shouldn’t be dismissed, and we as journalists have to ask them. The partisans can do what they do, and we do what we do.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and many others in her majority reportedly have come to a similar political calculus, as Pelosi had a meeting on the way forward Monday evening.
The Democrats are ready to more forcefully refocus on healthcare and other issues of priority to the American people. The Trump administration, particularly, have provided Democrats an opening on healthcare, as the administration has jumped on a lawsuit to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Although some liberals in the majority have been reluctant to give up going after Trump, a progressive leader like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) bent to the new political environment.
“We’re taking a look at it but you know every member has to pursue what they see as right and what their district wants,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I think what’s tough is impeachment in principle is something that I openly support, but it’s also just the reality of having the votes in the Senate to pursue that, and so that’s something that we have to take into consideration.”
House Democrats said that, at this point, talk of impeachment, is limited to just a handful of the majority.