US Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is calling for lawmakers to start impeachment proceedings against President Trump, saying he obstructed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
In a Friday afternoon tweet, the Cambridge Democrat said, “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’s tweet comes a day after a redacted report from Mueller’s investigation was made public. The report details multiple efforts Trump made to curtail a Russia probe he feared would cripple his administration.
On Twitter Friday, Warren said that the 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.’’
She said that Mueller “put the next step in the hands of Congress,’’ adding in another tweet that “[t]o 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.’’
After the Mueller report’s release, a defiant Trump pronounced it ‘‘a good day’’ and tweeted ‘‘Game Over’’ in a typeface mimicking the ‘‘Game of Thrones’’ logo. Top Republicans in Congress saw vindication in he report as well.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said it was time to move on from Democrats’ effort to ‘‘vilify a political opponent.’’ The California lawmaker said the report failed to deliver the ‘‘imaginary evidence’’ incriminating Trump that Democrats had sought.