Moulton: Dems 'made a mistake' waiting to discuss impeachment until now

Moulton: Dems 'made a mistake' waiting to discuss impeachment until now
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Rep. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Moulton says Biden would make 'fantastic president' Moulton drops out of presidential race after struggling to gain traction MORE (Mass.), one of the Democrats running for president, said Wednesday that he supports calls to begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE, joining a growing number of Democrats who support the move.

At a "Politics & Eggs" breakfast in New Hampshire, Moulton said that Congress's mistake was waiting for the release of the full report from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE to act.

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"Don't tell me there's not enough to discuss impeachment," he said. "Frankly, I think our party made a mistake by waiting until now, hoping for a smoking cannon or something in the Mueller report."

"I don't think the time is now for a vote, because we still don't have all the evidence," he added. "But we should've started this debate a while ago, and that's why I called for it last year."

Moulton was one of a handful of Democrats to support Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenDanish prime minister: Trump's idea to buy Greenland 'absurd'  Juan Williams: Democrats finally hit Trump where it hurts We need a climate plan for agriculture MORE's (D-Texas) call for the House to begin considering articles of impeachment against Trump after Green focused two procedural votes on the issue.

Other 2020 Democratic candidates have come out in support of impeachment in recent days, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Keystone XL Pipeline gets nod from Nebraska Supreme Court MORE (Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisGabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate MORE (Calif.), while House Democratic leaders such as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMoulton drops out of presidential race after struggling to gain traction Conservatives push Trump tariff relief over payroll tax cuts Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence MORE (Calif.) have been reluctant to sign on to the issue.

"I do believe that impeachment is one of the most divisive forces, paths that we could go down to in our country. But if the facts, the path of fact-finding takes us there, we have no choice. But we're not there yet," the Speaker said Tuesday at Time magazine's Time 100 Summit.

"It may be a place that the facts take us. We shouldn't impeach for a political reason, and we shouldn't not impeach for a political reason," she added.