Bennet says Trump 'committed impeachable offenses'

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDe Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on 'Don the con' Momentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump: GOP has `clear contrast' with Dems on immigration MORE (D-Col.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, on Sunday said he believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' 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 MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 BarrClash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash Schiff: Impeachment proceedings could be 'tool' to get information, evidence Trump fires back at 'loser' GOP lawmaker who said he'd engaged in 'impeachable conduct' 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."