Sen. Elizabeth Warren became the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to call for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump on Friday.
The Massachusetts Democrat decided to call on the House to move to impeach Trump shortly after reportedly reading the redacted Mueller report on Thursday.
Warren pointed to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's finding that Trump may have obstructed justice as Mueller was investigating his campaign's contacts with Russia, as a reason for bringing charges against the president.
"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 tweeted.
"The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty," the senator continued. "That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States."
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.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 19, 2019
CNN correspondent M.J. Lee. reported that Warren felt it was her "duty" to publicly call for impeachment proceedings after reading the report, but that she does not plan to make the issue a central theme of her campaign.
Am told that Warren, who was flying back to Boston from Salt Lake City yesterday, began reading the redacted Mueller report on the plane. She continued reading into the night after getting home, and when she was finished, felt it was her “duty” publicly say what she just tweeted
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) April 19, 2019
Am also told Warren’s decision to call on impeachment proceedings does not mean that the topic will become central theme of her 2020 campaign going forward — Warren plans to continue to rolling out major policy proposals.
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) April 19, 2019
The call puts Warren at odds with top Democrats in Congress and contrasts sharply with a statement from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer following the Mueller report's release, which urged Democrats to wait for voters to elect a new president in 2020 rather than pursuing impeachment for Trump.
Some political observers reacted with surprise at Warren's announcement, while some praised the senator for letting the public know her clear position on the issue.
Whoa - Elizabeth Warren is calling for Trump’s impeachment https://t.co/MHfniFtrFj
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) April 19, 2019
Elizabeth Warren is ready to impeach Trump -- breaking from Pelosi, Hoyer and pretty much all other top Dems https://t.co/Bpvn4ypkDW
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) April 19, 2019
Warren makes strong case for impeachment hearings
1) Trump was aided by foreign adversary that attacked US elections
2) Trump subsequently obstructed investigation of attack
3) 1 & 2 indicate Trump doesn’t have best interests of US in mind
4) Mueller passed buck to Congress https://t.co/h5r1cypkaP
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 19, 2019
My opinion of Elizabeth Warren just went way up, not just because I agree with her position but because she's the first to step forward with her position - her clear call for the the House to begin #impeachment proceedings. - https://t.co/SYW1bwbJfq #FridayFeeling
— John Lundin (@johnlundin) April 19, 2019