Elizabeth Warren Says It's Time for Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump
Washington, D.C.– Senator Elizabeth Warren is back on her presidential campaign trail, holding a town hall meeting in New Hampshire this past weekend. At the town hall, Warren stated that the U.S. House of Representatives should begin the impeachment process against President Donald Trump, given the revelations of the Mueller Report.
The heavily redacted report released last week describes multiple actions by President Trump to influence the investigation into his campaign's connection with Russia. His actions could be construed as attempted obstruction of justice.
U.S. Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) says that Congress should begin impeachment hearings based on President Trump's persistent efforts to "derail or obstruct" the investigation into his campaign's connection to Russia. She first made her argument in a series of tweets:
At the town hall meeting in Weare, New Hampshire, Warren elaborated on her position for impeachment: "If Donald Trump can do all he tried to do to impede an investigation into his own wrong-doing and an attack by a foreign government, then it gives license to the next president and the next president… to do exactly the same thing."
She is not the only one who has concluded that Congress now has the power to proceed with its own investigation. The Mueller report says that it is up to Congress to determine whether the president is guilty of the crime of obstruction: "The conclusion that Congress may apply obstruction laws to the President’s corrupt exercise of the powers of office accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law...while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."
Now, Senator Warren is urging Congress to act. Some Democrats are with Warren, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of the party have said that impeaching the president could backfire by rallying his supporters to his defense as it drags on, and that it may not even have any beneficial conclusion for the American people in the end. Some say the matter is best left to the voters, who will have their say at the polls in 2020.
So far, Senator Elizabeth Warren is the first Democratic presidential candidate to call for the impeachment of President Trump. Warren is also asking her supporters to sign a petition to release the full, unredacted report to the public and allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify in front of Congress regarding the report’s findings.
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