Harris says Congress should take steps toward impeaching Trump

Harris says Congress should take steps toward impeaching Trump
© Getty

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWhat to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much Biden compares Trump to George Wallace CNN Democratic debate drawing finishes third in cable news ratings race MORE (Calif.) said Monday that the House should take steps toward impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' MORE, saying she believes that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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 WarrenJulián Castro is behind in the polls, but he's finding a niche Gabbard arrives in Puerto Rico to 'show support' amid street protests Democratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall 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 MessamMoulton campaign makes formal case to DNC to be added to debate stage Bullock makes CNN debate stage Top Democrats who could win presidential nomination 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. 
 
 
Meanwhile, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump telling aides to look at potential spending cuts if he wins reelection: report Budget talks between White House, Pelosi spill into weekend Trump says he won't watch Mueller testimony 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