Bernie Sanders remains evasive while Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren double down on calls to impeach Trump
The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders, on Monday, warned that Democrats risks losing initiatives on issues key to voters if they indulge in a prolonged fight over impeaching President Donald Trump. The Senator, however, said that he does want Congress to thoroughly investigate Trump after the release of the Mueller report.
The Vermont senator, speaking at a CNN town hall event in New Hampshire, said that the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller shows that Trump is "the most dangerous president in the modern history of our country," however, he added that the most important goal right now is to ensure that he doesn't get re-elected.
Sanders added that if in the months leading to the 2020 elections "all that the Congress is talking about is impeaching Trump — Trump, Trump, Trump, and Mueller, Mueller, Mueller” then they are not focusing on important issues like health care, gay rights, raising the minimum wage and many others.
“What I worry about is that works to Trump’s advantage,” he said.
Sanders' political rival, Democratic presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren, in her own town hall, slammed fellow Democrats who are wary of attempting to impeach Trump even though Republicans who control the Senate would possibly foil the efforts, according to the Bloomberg.
“There is no political inconvenience exception to the United States Constitution,” Warren said. She added that every member of the House or Senate should go on record with their position on whether Trump’s actions are an impeachable offense, and “they should have to take that vote and live with it for the rest of their lives.”
While Senator Kamala Harris, who is also among the top Democratic contenders to contest for 2020 elections, during her town hall session said that Mueller's report contained "good evidence" pointing to obstruction of justice by Trump.
"I believe Congress should take the steps toward impeachment,” Harris said, however, she also warned that Democrats have to be "realistic" about the fact they possibly won't succeed with Republicans in control of the Senate. "But that doesn’t mean the process shouldn’t take hold," she added.
After the release of Mueller's report, which states 11 instances of possible obstruction of justice by President Trump, Democrats have been divided over whether they should initiate impeachment proceedings against him.