WASHINGTON— Now that a summary of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report has been released, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he believes Congressional Democrats have taken impeachment off the table.
“I don’t think they’re talking about impeachment,” Trump told reporters after arriving at the Capitol in the early afternoon for a meeting with Senate Republicans. “We have the greatest economy we’ve ever had. Our country’s in incredible shape. They and others have created a fraud on our country with this ridiculous witch hunt.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) previously said that impeachment, which has been floated by some progressive members of her caucus, would not be pursued barring overwhelming evidence of wrongdoing recognized by both sides of the aisle.
According to a summary of the Mueller report Attorney General William Barr provided to Congress on Sunday, Mueller’s team found no evidence of conspiracy between anybody on the Trump campaign and Russia.
The special counsel did not make a determination on whether the president obstructed justice, leaving that decision to the Justice Department.
Barr told lawmakers that after consulting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, there was not enough evidence to open proceedings.
Democrats have called on the Justice Department to release the report in its entirety, something that Trump has previously endorsed, but is ultimately up to Barr.
Since the release, Trump has suggested that scrutiny could now turn toward former officials from the Obama administration whom the president has accused of laying the groundwork for the probe into his campaign’s ties with Russia.
On Tuesday, Trump said that instructions to probe him came from those “high up,” but declined to specifically blame former President Barack Obama or his West Wing staff directly.
“I don’t want to say that,” Trump said, “but I think you know the answer.”