Coalition of progressive groups press Pelosi on impeachment

Coalition of progressive groups press Pelosi on impeachment
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A coalition of progressive groups on Tuesday renewed their calls for Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRussian interference reports rock Capitol Hill Hillicon Valley: Facebook, Twitter split on Bloomberg video | Sanders briefed on Russian efforts to help campaign | Barr to meet with Republicans ahead of surveillance fight Pelosi blasts Trump's 'dangerous' pick for intelligence chief MORE (D-Calif.) to launch impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way Gov. Ron DeSantis more popular in Florida than Trump Sotomayor accuses Supreme Court of bias in favor of Trump administration MORE.

"As Speaker of the House, you have the power to ensure Congress exercises its constitutional obligation to hold this president accountable, but instead of using your power, you are giving us political excuses for why you shouldn't," reads the letter from dozens of progressive groups including CREDO, Indivisible and Women’s March.

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"Instead of leading, you and your colleagues have asked us to wait — wait for the Mueller report, wait for the unredacted Mueller report, wait for Mueller's testimony about the Mueller report, wait for more investigations, wait for bipartisan consensus, wait for impeachment to poll better, or wait for the 2020 election."

The group cited the Muslim travel ban and family separation policies at the southern border as reasons they do not want to wait for impeachment proceedings.

"Waiting is not a privilege available to the families separated by his deportation force or his Muslim ban, or the asylum seekers languishing in Mexico, or people threatened by his embrace of white supremacy, or the LGBTQ people whose rights he is taking away, or the women whose bodies he is trying to control or the communities threatened by his denial of the climate crisis," the letter reads.

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan 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 press conference last week about the results of his 22-month investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has led to renewed calls for the House to impeach Trump.

The probe did not find sufficient evidence to prove coordination between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Kremlin and it did not make a determination on obstruction of justice but listed 10 potential cases of obstruction.

More than 50 Democrats, including many 2020 presidential candidates, have called for impeachment, but House leadership has urged patience.

Pelosi has consistently called to let the Democratic House’s various investigations into Trump’s White House and businesses play out.