Washington, April 20 : Elizabeth Warren has emerged as the first 2020 presidential candidate to call for the start of impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump following the release of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election and the Trump campaign.
The Massachusetts senator , who is the most senior Democrat to call for Trump’s impeacement said, “To ignore a president’s repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behavior would inflict great and lasting damage on this country, and it would suggest that both the current and future presidents would be free to abuse their power in similar ways.”
“The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States.”
Her statement comes a day after the release of a redacted version of a 448-page summary of Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year investigation.
The Mueller report outlined 10 potential instances of obstruction of justice by President Trump, including his decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and his attempts to oust the special counsel. But Mueller declined to come down on whether the president committed criminal obstruction of justice and instead left the decision in Congress’s hands.
“With respect to whether the President can be found to have obstructed justice by exercising his powers under Article II of the Constitution, we concluded that Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice,” the report reads.
Warren joined congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib for impeacement and continue the investifgation into Trump and the obstruction of justice.
Mueller’s report is clear in pointing to Congress’ responsibility in investigating obstruction of justice by the President.
It is our job as outlined in Article 1, Sec 2, Clause 5 of the US Constitution.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 18, 2019
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY),in a series of tweets on Thursday in wake of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report , the first-term Democrat said she would sign on to an impeachment resolution introduced by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and called on Congress to investigate potential obstruction of justice by the president.