2020 Democrats: Impeach Trump

Kamala Harris, Beto O'Rourke
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Several Democratic presidential candidates on Wednesday called for President Donald Trump's impeachment after Special Counsel Robert Mueller spoke briefly about the Russia investigation.

Mueller made short remarks to the White House press corps in the briefing room and then walked offstage, not answering any questions.

"We concluded that we would not reach a determination one way or the other about whether the president committed a crime. That is the office's final position and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the president," Mueller said. "We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the attorney general, as required by department regulations."

"It would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge," he said, repeating what he wrote in his report.

Following the remarks, many 2020 Democrats called for Congress to start impeachment proceedings, saying they have an "obligation" to begin impeachment proceedings immediately. Some of the 2020 Democrats include Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), former representative Beto O'Rourke (Texas), and former Obama administration official Julian Castro.

Some Democrats stopped short of calling for impeachment, but instead emphasized that Trump was not exonerated by the Mueller report.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), who has repeatedly shown reluctance to proceed with impeachment despite pressure from progressives in Congress, responded to Mueller's statement by saying Congress "will continue to investigate and legislate to protect our elections and secure our democracy."