2020 Democrats double down on Trump attacks after Mueller hearings

2020 Democrats double down on Trump attacks after Mueller hearings
© Aaron Schwartz

The Democrats seeking to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpMilitary personnel to handle coronavirus patients at facilities in NYC, New Orleans and Dallas Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has total of 20 patients: report Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders MORE in 2020 renewed their attacks on the president on Wednesday, including renewing calls for impeachment, following former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's testimony.

Mueller testified before the House Judicial and Intelligence committees on Wednesday, months after releasing a 448-page report that did not charge Trump with obstruction of justice but also did not exonerate him. 

Candidates in the crowded Democratic primary used Mueller's testimony as a chance to double down on their criticism of Trump.

Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandLawmakers already planning more coronavirus stimulus after T package Progressive advocates propose T 'green stimulus' plan Juan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal MORE (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMaryland Legislative Black Caucus pushes for state to release racial breakdown of coronavirus impact Hillicon Valley: T-Mobile, Sprint complete merger | Warren pushes food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees | Lawsuit accuses Zoom of improperly sharing user data Warren calls on food delivery apps to classify workers as full employees MORE (D-Mass.) and Julián Castro renewed their calls for impeachment proceedings to begin. 

"Special Counsel Mueller made clear to the American people that his report did not fully exonerate the president, contrary to those lies," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tweeted. "We should have impeachment proceedings with additional witnesses so that the American people can get the truth, as they deserve."

"Mueller's testimony today underlined what was already clear: the President of the United States broke the law and would be under criminal indictment if not for the fact that he holds that office," Castro tweeted. "He is not above the law. Congress should begin impeachment proceedings."

"I read the Mueller report the day it came out. Three things were clear: A hostile foreign government attacked our 2016 election, Trump welcomed their help, and Trump obstructed the investigation into that attack. I agree with @NAACP—it's time to begin impeachment proceedings," Warren tweeted, while speaking at the NAACP convention in Detroit.

Washington Gov. Jay InsleeJay Robert InsleeWashington state extends stay-at-home order to May 4 Governors win high marks for coronavirus response, outpacing Trump Lizzo donates lunch to hospital workers battling coronavirus MORE repeated Mueller's confirmed claim that the report did not exonerate the president. 

"Robert Mueller didn’t exonerate Donald Trump of obstruction of justice — because Donald Trump clearly obstructed justice," Inslee tweeted.

Meanwhile, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Zoom draws new scrutiny amid virus fallout | Dems step up push for mail-in voting | Google to lift ban on political ads referencing coronavirus Democrats press Trump, GOP for funding for mail-in ballots HuffPost political reporter on why Bernie fell way behind Biden MORE (D-Minn.) tweeted that she is still waiting to see Trump’s tax returns, a source of conflict between House Democrats and the Trump administration.

"Still on quest to find the President’s tax returns. First I asked Barr if Mueller had them. He told me to ask Mueller. Then I sent a letter. Then I asked House to ask. ⁦@CongressmanRaja did. Then Mueller said 'I’m not going to speak to that.' Not done yet. #WhatIsHeHiding," she tweeted, referring to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFeds distributing masks, other gear seized in price-gouging investigation to NY, NJ health care workers The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - All eyes on today's unemployment numbers Trump announces enhanced counternarcotics operation at coronavirus briefing MORE.

Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonAsian American lawmaker warns of fear of racism over coronavirus stigma Pressley experiencing flu-like symptoms, being tested for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill MORE (D-Mass), a Marine veteran, used the hearing as a chance to attack Trump's patriotism. 

"Mueller just testified under oath that accepting foreign assistance during a campaign is unpatriotic. Trump accepted foreign assistance during a campaign— and said he would do so again," the congressman tweeted. "Donald Tump is unpatriotic."