Those coming out in favor of impeachment seized on that line and others to claim that Mr. Mueller was making as explicit an impeachment referral as he could.
“We’re beyond talking about this in terms of political implications,” Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts told WGBH radio in Boston, endorsing an impeachment inquiry. “We have to do what’s right.”
Rarely a day has passed in the last 6-8 months when I have not flipped back and forth on whether Trump should be impeached. His conduct and his obvious unfitness for the office make it clear that, objectively, he should be impeached. However, with a Republican-controlled Senate that appears all but certain not to convict him, impeachment is fraught with practical political risks.
The position to which I am slowly coming around is that impeaching Trump will be messy, painful, and potentially disasterous. However, all the likely alternatives are worse.
As it turns out, that position aligns fairly well with my sense way back in November 2016 that our best hope was damage control and finding the least terrible option.