Democratic debate starts with immediate question on Trump impeachment

Democrats united at the beginning of the fourth Democratic presidential debate as candidate after candidate backed the impeachment of President Trump.

Asked in the debate’s first question why Trump should be impeached instead of facing voters at the polls in a little more than 12 months, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) made the case for impeachment.

{mosads}”This issue is bigger than politics,” said Warren, who has had momentum in the Democratic race recently. She then criticized Trump for breaking law after law in making the case for impeachment. 

“No one is above the law and that includes the president of the United States. Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over again without consequences,” she added. “This is about Donald Trump, but understand it’s about the next president and the next president, and the next president, and the future of this country.”

Other candidates were asked similar questions and offered similar answers.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told moderators that House Democrats had no choice but to impeach Trump, while former Vice President Joe Biden, who called for Trump’s impeachment for the first time last week, called Trump “the most corrupt president in modern history.” 

“He’s been selling out working people, our values and national security, and on Ukraine, he’s been selling out our democracy. Our Framers imagined when we would have a corrupt president,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). 



Businessman and activist Tom Steyer, who appeared on the presidential debate stage for the first time, and who launched the “Need to Impeach” campaign after Trump was elected, called Trump “a criminal.” 

The debate started just more than an hour after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the House would not hold a formal vote to launch an impeachment inquiry.

Democrats in the House say they started an impeachment process weeks ago over allegations against Trump related to Ukraine, and they have been actively taking depositions from witnesses.

Republicans and Trump have said they should hold a formal vote and the White House has said it would not cooperate with the inquiry without a vote.

Tags 2020 Democratic debate Bernie Sanders Democratic debates Donald Trump Elizabeth Warren impeachment inquiry Joe Biden Nancy Pelosi Tom Steyer

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