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Booker calls for impeachment proceedings

Senator says DOJ policy, not innocence prevented charges against Trump

By Nikita Biryukov, May 29 2019 12:35 pm

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker called for the House to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

“We have one remaining path to ensure justice is served. It is our legal and moral obligation to hold those who have committed crimes accountable,” Booker, a presidential candidate, said. “It’s clear that the House must begin impeachment proceedings. No one is above the law.”

Booker’s call for impeachment follows the first, and likely the last, public statements of special counsel Robert Mueller on his investigation into Trump’s campaign.

Mueller declined to clear Trump, saying he would have done so if he and his team were confident the president had not committed a crime.

“I have been asking for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony, and today he made his views clear. Mueller said directly that it wasn’t for lack of evidence that criminal charges weren’t brought against President Trump — but because of Department of Justice policy,” Booker said. “He made clear that it is the role of Congress to evaluate evidence against a sitting President and act accordingly.”

House Democrats have attempted to act upon the 400-page report Mueller released earlier this year, but Trump and current and former members of his campaign staff have ignored subpoenas issued by House committees.

Democratic leaders have in part cited the efforts to block their investigations as a reason for their increasing willingness to impeach the president.

“Since the Mueller report became public, the president has consistently stonewalled Congressional oversight efforts and has made it nearly impossible to investigate serious open questions presented by the report,” Booker said. “The president’s clear marching orders to Attorney General Barr and former White House Counsel Don McGahn demanding that they refuse congressional subpoenas is simply the latest example of the lengths to which this president is willing to go in order to prevent the American people from learning the truth.”

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