Bennet warns against 'race to judgment' on Trump impeachment

Bennet warns against 'race to judgment' on Trump impeachment
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Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetBuild Back Better Act must include funding to restore forests, make communities resilient and create jobs Interior reverses Trump, moves BLM headquarters back to DC Conservation group says it will only endorse Democrats who support .5T spending plan MORE (D-Colo.) cautioned against a "race to judgment" on impeaching President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE, as a wave of his fellow 2020 presidential candidates have issued calls to begin impeachment proceedings.

"I think he committed impeachable offenses, but we have to go through the process," Bennet said of Trump during a CNN presidential town hall Thursday night.  

"One of the problems with our politics today is we want to go out and tweet and immediately react, a race to judgment, and we need to be more strategic than that," he added. "I'm not saying we shouldn't follow this evidence where it leads, but I am saying we should bring the American people."

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Democratic presidential hopefuls have ramped up their calls for the House to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE spoke publicly for the first time about his investigation.

Sens. Cory BookerCory BookerTim Scott says police reform talks collapsed with Dems over funding Sunday shows preview: Pelosi announces date for infrastructure vote; administration defends immigration policies Democrats press Schumer on removing Confederate statues from Capitol MORE (N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Hochul tells Facebook to 'clean up the act' on abortion misinformation after Texas law Democratic senators request probe into Amazon's treatment of pregnant employees MORE (N.Y.) joined fellow Democratic Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTwo 'View' hosts test positive for coronavirus ahead of Harris interview Rep. Karen Bass to run for mayor of Los Angeles: report Biden taps big bank skeptic to for top regulatory post MORE (Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenIn Washington, the road almost never taken Senate poised to battle over Biden's pick of big bank critic Treasury says more rental aid is reaching tenants, preventing evictions MORE (Mass.) in calling for impeachment proceedings, with both Warren and Harris saying that Mueller had delivered an "impeachment referral."

Mueller said during a Wednesday press conference that his team did not exonerate the president, but also pointed to his report, which did not make a determination on whether Trump committed a crime by interfering with the probe.

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

He also noted that he did not believe he had the authority to decide whether Trump committed a crime, citing Justice Department regulations. He has previously said that Congress could pursue obstruction of justice investigations.

Before Wednesday's statement, a number of 2020 presidential candidates had already called for impeachment proceedings, with Warren last month becoming the first White House contender to call for impeachment.