Harris says Congress should take steps toward impeaching Trump

September 9, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (Calif.) said Monday that the House should take steps toward impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, saying she believes that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN’s Toobin warns McCabe is in ‘perilous condition’ with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill’s 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s report revealed evidence of obstruction of justice.

“We have very good reason to believe that there is an investigation that has been conducted which has produced evidence that tells us that this president and his administration engaged in obstruction of justice. I believe Congress should take the steps toward impeachment,” Harris said at a CNN town hall in New Hampshire. 

Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election concluded that the Trump campaign did not conspire or coordinate with Russia, but the special counsel did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice. Harris is one of the few 2020 Democratic candidates to call for impeachment. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) last week called on the House to start impeachment proceedings, citing a section of Mueller’s report in which he wrote that Congress has the authority to conduct obstruction of justice investigations.  Warren, at her own CNN town hall on Monday, defended her call for impeachment, casting the matter as one of civic responsibility rather than political strategy.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamKey moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far Wayne Messam suspends Democratic presidential campaign 2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the November forum MORE, both 2020 candidates, have also said they support impeachment proceedings. 

But Democrats on Capitol Hill and other 2020 Democratic candidates are divided on whether to proceed on impeachment, with many voicing concerns about the political ramifications of such a move.  Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I), at his CNN town hall, warned Democrats that focusing obsessively on impeachment could backfire and play into Trump’s hands. Meanwhile, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (D-Calif.) and Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill sought to rein in their members on the issue in a conference call Monday, saying that the move could be seen as a rush to judgment and could galvanize Trump’s support.  Pelosi emphasized the need for Democrats to focus on their oversight efforts before jumping to impeachment.  “We don’t have to go to articles of impeachment to obtain the facts, the presentation of facts,” she said, according to a person on the call. House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) stood out on among the six committee leaders on the call, saying she is still in favor of impeachment as her panel continues its investigations. Any move on impeachment would almost certainly hit a dead end in the Republican-controlled Senate. 

— Updated April 22 at 11:14 pm