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Wayne Messam becomes third 2020 Dem to back Trump impeachment

Wayne Messam becomes third 2020 Dem to back Trump impeachment

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 (D), the mayor of Miramar, Fla., is now the third Democratic presidential candidate to back impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald TrumpSt. Louis lawyer who pointed gun at Black Lives Matter protesters considering Senate run Chauvin found guilty as nation exhales US says Iran negotiations are 'positive' MORE following the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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 WarrenLawmakers react to guilty verdict in Chauvin murder trial: 'Our work is far from done' World passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Poll: 56 percent say wealth tax is part of solution to inequality 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 ComeyShowtime developing limited series about Jan. 6 Capitol riot Wray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges 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.