Wayne Messam becomes third 2020 Dem to back Trump impeachment

Wayne Messam becomes third 2020 Dem to back Trump impeachment

Wayne MessamWayne Martin Messam2020 primary debate guide: Everything you need to know ahead of the first Democratic showdown Bullock to participate in local town halls instead of Democratic debates The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by MAPRx — Biden, Sanders to share stage at first DNC debate MORE (D), the mayor of Miramar, Fla., is now the third Democratic presidential candidate to back impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE following the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE's report.

"Based on what is available I believe the President should be placed under impeachment proceedings and let the weight of the full report carry out the justice the American people deserve," Messam said Monday in a statement to The Hill.

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"Special counsel Mueller provided evidence that would determine if impeachment proceedings should take place. The full special counsel report without redaction should be released to Congress for review to determine if evidence is sufficient to impeach Trump. Congress has the constitutional authority of oversight and must be given the full report."

The Florida mayor also characterized the report's descriptions of interactions between Russia and the Trump campaign as "alarming and damning."

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Democrat: 'My DM's are open and I actually read & respond' Group of wealthy Americans write open letter asking to be taxed more Inslee unveils plan to fight fossil fuel pollution MORE (D-Mass.) on Friday became the first Democratic presidential candidate to call for Trump's impeachment, a day after a redacted version of the Mueller report was made public.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (D) followed soon after, telling CNN's Anderson Cooper on Friday that it would be “perfectly reasonable” for Congress to open impeachment proceedings.

“It’s clear that Bob Mueller in his report left that in the hands of Congress,” he added.

The release of Mueller's report prompted other Democrats to ramp up talk of impeachment. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) last week said she would sign on to a resolution calling for an investigation into whether Trump should be impeached.

Mueller's report determined that there was insufficient evidence to prove coordination between Trump's 2016 campaign and the Kremlin.

On the issue of obstructing justice, Mueller’s team investigated 10 incidents, including Trump's firing of FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBiden is the least electable candidate — here's why Top Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann lands book deal Trump to appear on 'Meet the Press' for first time as president MORE and efforts to deny that he ordered then-White House counsel Don McGahn to demand the special counsel be removed.

Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether obstruction occurred but said Congress has the authority to conduct investigations into the matter.