Warren presses Pelosi on impeachment: 'Some things are above politics'

Warren presses Pelosi on impeachment: 'Some things are above politics'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPossible GOP challenger says Trump doesn't doesn't deserve reelection, but would vote for him over Democrat Joe Biden faces an uncertain path The Memo: Trump pushes back amid signs of economic slowdown MORE (D-Mass.) on Wednesday ramped up pressure on Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiObjections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated Latest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' MORE (D-Calif.) to begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE, saying that the House should put aside political concerns and get lawmakers on the record for where they stand.

At an NAACP forum in Detroit, moderator April Ryan noted that the organization had called on the House to impeach Trump a day before, and asked Warren her thoughts.

“What say you about that, particularly because Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, is not for impeachment right now?” Ryan asked.

“I understand there are people who for political reasons say this is not where we want to be, but in my view some things are above politics,” Warren responded.

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“One of them is our constitutional responsibilities to do what is right, and the responsibility of the Congress of the United States of America, when the president breaks the law, is to bring impeachment charges against that president," she continued.

"My view is, whether it would pass the Senate or not ... this is a moment in history and every single person in Congress should be called on to vote and then to live with that vote for the rest of their lives.” 

Warren’s remarks come as Pelosi seeks to beat back a growing call from her caucus to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump. As of Wednesday, more than 90 House Democrats have backed an impeachment inquiry.

Some Democrats are worried that impeachment will be a distraction from the economic issues they’d like to see at the forefront of the 2020 presidential campaign. And there are fears impeachment could backfire, turning off independents who might otherwise be receptive to the Democratic message.

Warren’s remarks also come as former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE is giving his highly anticipated testimony before Congress.

Warren cited the Mueller report as the primary reason that Trump should be impeached. 

“We have to make clear no one is above the law, not even the president of the United States,” Warren said. “It’s time to bring impeachment charges against him.”