Harris says Congress should take steps toward impeaching Trump

Harris says Congress should take steps toward impeaching Trump
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Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights Harris seeks Iowa edge with army of volunteers MORE (Calif.) said Monday that the House should take steps toward impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE, saying she believes that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna: 'I'm not there yet' on impeachment MORE's report revealed evidence of obstruction of justice.

"We have very good reason to believe that there is an investigation that has been conducted which has produced evidence that tells us that this president and his administration engaged in obstruction of justice. I believe Congress should take the steps toward impeachment," Harris said at a CNN town hall in New Hampshire. 

Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election concluded that the Trump campaign did not conspire or coordinate with Russia, but the special counsel did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice.
 
Harris is one of the few 2020 Democratic candidates to call for impeachment. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Biden says Congress must move to protect abortion rights Harris seeks Iowa edge with army of volunteers MORE (D-Mass.) last week called on the House to start impeachment proceedings, citing a section of Mueller's report in which he wrote that Congress has the authority to conduct obstruction of justice investigations. 
 
Warren, at her own CNN town hall on Monday, defended her call for impeachment, casting the matter as one of civic responsibility rather than political strategy.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne MessamWayne Martin MessamMomentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights 'SleepyCreepy Joe' and 'Crazy Bernie': Trump seeks to define 2020 Dems with insults Michael Bennet must find a way to stand out in the crowd MORE, both 2020 candidates, have also said they support impeachment proceedings. 

But Democrats on Capitol Hill and other 2020 Democratic candidates are divided on whether to proceed on impeachment, with many voicing concerns about the political ramifications of such a move. 
 
Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersIraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests Iowa Democrats brace for caucus turnout surge MORE (I), at his CNN town hall, warned Democrats that focusing obsessively on impeachment could backfire and play into Trump's hands.
 
Meanwhile, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push The Memo: Trump allies see impeachment push backfiring on Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) and Democratic leadership on Capitol Hill sought to rein in their members on the issue in a conference call Monday, saying that the move could be seen as a rush to judgment and could galvanize Trump's support. 
 
Pelosi emphasized the need for Democrats to focus on their oversight efforts before jumping to impeachment. 
 
“We don't have to go to articles of impeachment to obtain the facts, the presentation of facts,” she said, according to a person on the call.
 
House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) stood out on among the six committee leaders on the call, saying she is still in favor of impeachment as her panel continues its investigations.
 
Any move on impeachment would almost certainly hit a dead end in the Republican-controlled Senate. 

— Updated April 22 at 11:14 pm