Bennet says Trump 'committed impeachable offenses'

Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetLawmakers can't reconcile weakening the SALT cap with progressive goals How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform For true American prosperity, make the child tax credit permanent MORE (D-Col.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, on Sunday said he believes President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 BarrBill BarrTrump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report Highest-ranking GOP assemblyman in WI against another audit of 2020 vote Native Americans are targets of voter suppression too 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."