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Warren calls on Congress to launch impeachment proceedings against Trump

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks during the "We The People" Summit at the Warner Theatre April 1, 2019, in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren has called for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in the wake of the publication of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, just 18 months before the 2020 presidential election.

“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 said on Twitter on Friday afternoon.

“The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty,” the Massachusetts Democrat added. “That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States.”

Congressional Democrats have taken a legal step to see all of Mueller’s evidence from his inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The redacted edition of the much-anticipated 400-page investigation, covering Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, as well as Trump and his team’s wrongdoings and possible presidential obstruction of justice, was released in Mueller's report on Thursday.

"Yesterday I called on the House to begin impeachment proceedings. This is a matter of principle for me," Warren said on Saturday.

House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat, issued a subpoena on Friday to the Justice Department to release the full Mueller report, and rejected the redacted version that he said “leaves most of Congress in the dark.”

Nadler said even the redacted version "outlines disturbing evidence" that Trump engaged in misconduct and possibly obstruction of justice.

Nadler said he does not know whether or not Democrats would file articles of impeachment against the Republican president, but added that he would not rule out the impeachment option.

Warren, a leading contender in the 2020 field, has joined the lawmakers — including Congressional Democrats Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar — in calling for Trump’s ousting.

“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,’” Warren said. “The correct process for exercising that authority is impeachment.”

Ocasio-Cortez and Omar believe the findings detailed in Mueller’s report contradict Trump’s claims that he has been “totally exonerated” from any criminal wrongdoing.

Ocasio-Cortez has vowed to support impeachment proceedings launched by fellow Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.

Meanwhile, Omar has said Congress has a “constitutional responsibility” to act.

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