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Booker calls for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings

Booker calls for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings
© Greg Nash

Democratic presidential hopeful Cory BookerCory BookerObama says reparations 'justified' Congressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan' Menendez reintroduces corporate diversity bill MORE on Wednesday joined other Democrats in calling for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE.

The New Jersey senator endorsed the idea of impeachment shortly after 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 addressed the findings of his two-year probe for the first time Wednesday.

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"Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately," Booker tweeted.

"This Administration has continued to stonewall Congress’s oversight. Beginning impeachment proceedings is the only path forward," he added.

 

Booker weighed in shortly after Mueller held a press conference saying existing Justice Department guidelines prevented him from considering an indictment for Trump.

Mueller reiterated Wednesday that his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible obstruction of justice did not exonerate the president.

"After that investigation, if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so," Mueller said.

Booker joins a number of other 2020 White House rivals who have called for impeachment in the wake of Mueller's 448-page report released earlier this year.

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE (D-Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisDwayne 'The Rock' Johnson vs. Donald Trump: A serious comparison Exclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren To unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate MORE (D-Calif.), former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Miramar, Fla., Mayor 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 have all come out in support of impeaching Trump. Several other candidates have deferred to the House about whether impeachment proceedings should begin without weighing in on the prospect one way or the other.

Mueller ultimately found insufficient evidence to charge Trump with conspiring with Moscow to interfere in the 2016 elections but declined to make a prosecutorial decision in his report about whether to the president obstructed subsequent investigations into the interference, outlining 10 “episodes” of behavior that was possibly obstructive.

Calls for impeachment from House Democrats grew after Mueller’s report was released in April. They have reached a near fever pitch in recent weeks as the White House fights off subpoenas from several committees for documents and testimony from a slew of current and former administration officials.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 After vote against coronavirus relief package, Golden calls for more bipartisanship in Congress Democrats don't trust GOP on 1/6 commission: 'These people are dangerous' MORE (D-Calif.) and other top members of House leadership have so far been able to keep the impeachment push at bay, saying instead that Democrats should stay the course of investigating the White House and that any impeachment attempt would be quashed in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Updated at 12:15 p.m.