After Mueller Statement, More 2020 Democrats Call for Impeachment – The New York Times

Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio called on Congress to “get to the bottom of this and unpack it with full transparency,” implying impeachment proceedings but not saying the word. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, too, avoided an outright endorsement but tweeted, “If the House Judiciary Committee deems it necessary, I will support their decision.” Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said Congress had a mandate to investigate the administration and hold it accountable, and that “impeachment proceedings are one way” to do that.

A representative for former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said in a statement that Mr. Biden “agrees with Speaker Pelosi that no one would relish what would certainly be a divisive impeachment process, but that it may be unavoidable if this administration continues on its path.”

And former Representative John Delaney of Maryland, retweeting a noncommittal statement from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, wrote that he trusted her to find “the best path forward to hold the President accountable.”

Other candidates stopped shorter. Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York tweeted only that Congress “must continue to investigate” Mr. Trump, and that he was “focused on beating @realDonaldTrump in 2020.” Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana wrote that “Congress should fulfill its constitutionally empowered oversight of this Administration.” Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington tweeted, “Robert Mueller made it clear: No exoneration,” but said nothing about what Congress should or should not do.

The ground has shifted since the Justice Department released its redacted version of Mr. Mueller’s report. While a few candidates, including Ms. Warren, called for impeachment then, they were in the minority. Now, a majority of the Democratic field has expressed support, explicitly or implicitly, for impeachment.


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