Bennet says Trump 'committed impeachable offenses'

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocratic strategist predicts most 2020 candidates will drop out in late fall The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump hits media over 'send her back' coverage The Hill's Campaign Report: Second debate lineups set up high-profile clash MORE (D-Col.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, on Sunday said he believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE has "committed impeachable offenses" but declined to call for impeachment proceedings to begin.

"The majority of people say the House should continue to investigate and then we should make a decision down the road about whether to impeach or not and then obviously to convict or not in the Senate," Bennet, the latest candidate to jump into the presidential race, said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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"I think that’s exactly right, and that’s what we should do," Bennet added. 

He said that he believes special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction MORE should testify on Capitol Hill and the Department of Justice should release his "full, unredacted" Russia investigation report.  

Bennet, who has described himself as a "pragmatic idealist," said it seems "pretty clear" to him that there is evidence that Trump has "committed impeachable offenses."

He pointed out that Mueller was unable to clear Trump of obstruction of justice in his report. 

"We need to go through a process here and see if the American people can be convinced that that’s actually the right outcome so we don’t unnecessarily divide the people whose support we ultimately need," Bennet said.

A growing number of congressional Democrats, including many top 2020 contenders, have called for Trump's impeachment in recent weeks following the release of the redacted Mueller report.

Bennet said Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrUkrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Will Democrats be up to the task of publicly interviewing Mueller? A question for Robert Mueller MORE "behaved like Trump's criminal defense lawyer" rather than the U.S. attorney general, calling for his resignation. 

He added that if former President Obama had committed the "offenses" Trump and other officials have committed, Republicans would be "calling for his head."