Senator Elizabeth Warren said Friday that the House needed to start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, arguing that the special counsel’s report provides ample evidence Trump welcomed the help of Russia in attacking the 2016 election.
“The Mueller report lays out facts showing that a hostile foreign government attacked our 2016 election to help Donald Trump and Donald Trump welcomed that help. Once elected, Donald Trump obstructed the investigation into that attack,” the Democrats said in a tweet. “Mueller put the next step in the hands of Congress: ‘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 correct process for exercising that authority is impeachment.”
Although there have been talks about impeaching Trump for a long time now, many Democratic lawmakers have insisted that they first needed to see Robert Mueller’s report before any final decision is made on whether impeachment proceedings should be considered by Congress. Many others, however, have been calling for lawmakers to take action.
Warren’s change of tune may indicate that other Democrats as well could soon follow suit.
In yet another tweet, the Massachusetts senator said that ignoring Trump’s actions and his efforts to obstruct justice “would suggest that both the current and future Presidents would be free to abuse their power in similar ways.”
She further pointed to the “severity of this misconduct” arguing that the situation demanded that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle put aside their differences and perform their “constitutional duty.”
A Warren aide said that the senator had read the redacted copy of Robert Mueller’s report after which she felt it was her duty to publicly share her thoughts. The aide added that impeachment would in no case become the focal point of Warren’s 2020 presidential campaign.