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WASHINGTON — Now that it is clear special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation won't result in charges against President Trump, some Democrats are pushing for the House to begin impeachment proceedings. The issue is exposing divisions within the Democratic Party with House leadership and some of the 2020 presidential candidates opposed to beginning an effort to oust the president.
On Friday, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren became the first major Democratic presidential candidate to call for the House to begin impeachment proceedings based on the results of Mueller's probe.
“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,” Warren said via Twitter.
Mueller's report, which was released on Thursday, presented "facts showing that a hostile foreign government attacked our 2016 election to help Donald Trump and Donald Trump welcomed that help,” Warren wrote. “Once elected, Donald Trump obstructed the investigation into that attack.”
“Mueller put the next step in the hands of Congress. ... 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,” Warren wrote.
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