Billionaire Tom Steyer’s mission to oust President Donald Trump hit a seemingly insurmountable roadblock after a two-year special counsel investigation failed to find evidence that the president’s campaign team colluded with Russia to take down his Democratic opponent.
Steyer has dumped millions of dollars over the course of past year on what many Democrats worried was an ill-fated attempt to impeach Trump. Democratic lawmakers pushed back against such plans, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi telling reporters in January that she wants to wait for special counsel Robert Mueller to complete his investigation. Steyer responded Sunday and Monday on Twitter to Mueller’s completed report.
@realdonaldtrump‘s 10 impeachable offenses, the Mueller Report only relates to two. He’s still profited from his presidency, advocated violence, and more. Regardless, we must see the full report––not just a four page summary,” Steyer wrote in a pinned tweet Sunday. The billionaire turned environmental activist has not yet provided evidence to support his contention that Trump is guilty of impeachable offenses.
Of @realdonaldtrump's 10 impeachable offenses, the Mueller Report only relates to two. He's still profited from his presidency, advocated violence, and more.
Regardless, we must see the full report––not just a four page summary. pic.twitter.com/sB1Mp5yofD
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) March 25, 2019
He reiterated his concerns on Monday. “.
@realdonaldtrump remains the most corrupt president in American history, just in terms of criminal investigations,” Steyer told his Twitter followers. It was one of several tweets he posted after Mueller’s report.
Steyer plowed $6 million into the campaign in January, the bulk of which was slated for national cable and broadcast advertising in early presidential primary states like Iowa, Nevada, and South Carolina. Approximately $2.5 million will go to television campaigns while another $3.5 million is expected to be plowed into a digital effort, according to media reports.
His donations came as Democrats regained the House after a nearly a decade in the wilderness. Some of the incoming freshmen Democrats took the opportunity to jump headfirst into the impeachment push. Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, for instance, told a crowd in January that “we’re gonna go in there and impeach the motherfucker.”
Steyer is not the only activist who is now facing the fire following Mueller’s report.
California Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell repeatedly asserted as fact that Trump colluded with Russia. Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters guaranteed in September 2017 that the president and his crew conspired with Russian President Vladimir Putin to take down former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“Here you have a president who I can tell you and guarantee you is in collusion with the Russians to undermine our democracy,” Waters said at the time. Swallwell, Schiff, and Waters’ fellow Californian, Steyer, floated the possibility of gearing up for 2020 White House run in only to bail on the idea in January.
Steyer played coy for months about a possible run, but many things led to his decision, including his past investments in fossil fuels, which could hurt him among a Democratic turning away from oil. He will instead focus on impeachment, a representative for the Democratic financier said at the time.
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