Wisconsin's Congressional Delegation weighs in on Mueller
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Wisconsin only had one member of Congress actually involved in Wednesday's testimony from Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls.
Sensenbrenner, on the House Judiciary Committee, asked Mueller what the point of his role was without delivering a decisive verdict on potential charges for President Donald Trump.
"Since you decided under the OLC opinion that you couldn't prosecute a sitting, meaning President Trump, why do we have all of this investigation of President Trump?" Sensenbrenner asked during his 5 minute questioning.
Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wausau, agreed with Sensenbrenner, tweeting out a list of resources used by the special counsel.
The Mueller report:— Sean Duffy (@RepSeanDuffy) July 24, 2019
• 22 months
• 500 witnesses
• 2,800 subpoenas
• $25 million
...and NO COLLUSION! pic.twitter.com/kO2rzAJ8yZ
Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, live tweeted the entire process, and posted a video where she said Mueller essentially gave Congress the information they needed to impeach President Trump.
"He actually came this close to saying, well it's our responsibility to impeach him."
I also believe that Mueller gave us all the evidence necessary to hold the President accountable.— Rep. Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) July 24, 2019
Now it's up to Congress to act. pic.twitter.com/tdAcQb1KO4
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, sent a statement: “Special Counsel Mueller confirmed today that Russia attacked our democracy and interfered in our 2016 election to help elect President Trump. Mueller also made it clear there is a pattern of abusing presidential authority and obstruction of justice by President Trump, who has not been exonerated of wrongdoing. The American people deserve to know the full truth because no one is above the law, including the president.”
Marquette Professor Paul Nolette says the response is so similar to that of the Mueller report because that's all Mueller would talk about.
"Mueller has stuck to the script he said he was going to," Nolette said. "Which is that, I'm not going to say things that are outside of my report."
Nolette suggested people try to look past politics if they're trying to take something away from the hearings, and said one important thing Mueller reiterated is that whether the president was involved or not, Russia attempted to sway a U.S. election, which Nolette called a "breach of international protocol."
"Russia tried to influence the election," Nolette said. "I mean that needs to be a really important point that gets hammered away, ideally by both parties."