What's next after Mueller? Investigations, Lawsuits and More

July 25, 2019

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally appeared before Congress for his much anticipated testimony. The AP breaks down what could happen next in the battle between Democrats and the Trump administration now that Mueller has testified.

Investigations Continue. Democrats have been stonewalled by the Department of Justice for access to many figures who played key roles in Mueller's report, but they have other avenues for investigation open to them, including targeting Trump's finances, as well as a separate House inquiry into Trump's negotiations to build a Trump Tower Moscow.

Court Cases. Democrats have and will seek court orders to compel witnesses who have so far used "absolute immunity," a legally dubious claim, to avoid having to testify to congressional committees with constitutionally mandated subpoena power. Trump has vowed to fight all subpoenas. 

An Impeachment Inquiry. 90 House Democrats have already called for an impeachment inquiry, although Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a majority of the Democratic caucus are not there ... yet. Pelosi says she wants to build the strongest possible case, which may require resolution on some or all of the pending court cases.

August Recess. Due to the annual five-week August recess, Democratic efforts will be on hold until September. During the recess they will hold town halls and and judge their constituent's general mood and stomach for impeachment. Some Democrats have said they will fly back to Washington during the recess if witnesses become available to testify.

Election Security. Democrats in the House and Senate want to move forward with election security legislation, particularly in light of Mueller's extensive description of Russian interference. Republicans are less eager to tackle the issue, so it remains to be seen if anything will get done in this era of divided government.

Justice Department Reviews. The DOJ, led by Attorney General William Barr, have two ongoing investigations that are being eagerly anticipated by Republicans in congress. The first is by the DOJ inspector general reviewing the origins of the Russia investigation, and the other by a U.S. Attorney appointed by Barr to look into DOJ surveillance methods.

Republicans Say "It's over." Republicans say there should be no more next steps, and that today's testimony closed the book on Mueller's investigation.