Sen. Elizabeth Warren became the first major presidential candidate to call for impeachment proceedings to begin in the wake of the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2020 election.
“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,” the Massachusetts senator said on Twitter.
Mueller’s 448-page report detailed multiple contacts between Russian operatives and Trump associates during the 2016 campaign but said the investigation did not find evidence of a criminal conspiracy. The report also documented a series of actions by Trump to derail the special counsel’s investigation, though it did not reach a conclusion on whether he illegally sought to obstruct justice. Attorney General William Barr later determined that the president’s conduct did not constitute a crime.
“Our investigation found multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations,” the report said. But it said those efforts “were mostly unsuccessful … largely because the persons who surrounded the president declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.”
Democrats reacted with alarm to news that Trump had tried to impede the investigation and vowed to continue to investigate. Chairmen of two top committees have requested Mueller appear before their panels next month.
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SOURCE: USA Today, Eliza Collins