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PoliticsDemocratic presidential candidate says time for impeachment is now

13:30  16 july  2019
13:30  16 july  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Democratic presidential candidate says time for impeachment is now© SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Rep. Seth Moulton speaks in favor of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act aimed at preventing war with Iran, at the Capitol in Washington, July 10, 2019.

Presidential hopeful Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., said it's time to move forward with impeaching President Donald Trump in light of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, which did not render a judgment on whether he committed obstruction of justice.

When asked by ABC News' "The Investigation" podcast whether the country has lost interest in Mueller's findings from his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, Moulton replied: "I don't know, and I don't care."

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"I swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, not the politics of my party," Moulton, a former Marine Corps officer, told ABC News' "The Investigation" podcast. "And Mueller has made it very clear that we have a constitutional duty to pursue impeachment."

Discussion among House Democrats of whether to open an impeachment inquiry against the president has splintered the party in recent weeks. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has come out publicly against impeachment, and at the moment its future looks dim given that it lacks support from the majority of the 553 house members. But according to ABC News' count, at least 86 members of the House are in favor of launching impeachment inquiries against Trump.

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Several Democratic presidential candidates said for the first time that the House should begin impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump. As he closed his investigation on Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller alluded to impeachment , noting that the Constitution spells out a

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Moulton said Monday that Democrats should act swiftly to begin impeachment inquiries. He called it a "mistake" not to move forward, and blamed stalls in the process on "people in our party that are afraid to pursue this."

"We spend too much time in this party debating the politics of impeachment when the law is very clear and our constitutional duty is clear," Moulton said. "This is a debate we need to have because it's simply the right thing to do."

Moulton is a 2020 Democratic primary contender, though he failed to qualify for the first presidential debates, falling below both the 1% polling threshold and 65,000 individual campaign donor threshold, one of which was necessary to qualify. He has also so far failed to qualify for the upcoming July 30 debate.

Democratic presidential candidate says time for impeachment is now© Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images, FILE Presidential candidate Rep. Seth Moulton gives a high five to a spectator during the Boulder City Damboree Celebration 4th of July parade in Boulder City, Nev., on July 4, 2019.

But in his time serving on Capitol Hill, Moulton was and continues to be an early advocate of impeachment proceedings for Trump, and while his previous pushes haven't gained momentum among his colleagues, Moulton told ABC News he feels that now, more than ever, the political tides are shifting in favor of his position.

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Other 2020 presidential candidates also responded to Mueller’s statement by pushing for impeachment . Some had already publicly supported “What Robert Mueller basically did was return an impeachment referral. Now it is up to Congress to hold this president accountable,” she said in a

Warren said that every time she saw a little girl while on the campaign trail, she kneeled to talk to them. "I would say 'hi, my name is Elizabeth, and I'm running for Warren made waves last week as the first Democratic presidential candidate to call for impeachment proceedings after the release of

"I have colleagues on Capitol Hill who are changing their minds, but they're moving in my direction, not away from it," Moulton said.

Moulton said he believes that Mueller's report clearly demonstrates possible obstruction of justice allegations against the president, and reaches the "unmistakable conclusion" that Russian officials worked to elect Trump. Moulton classified Mueller's findings of Russian involvement in the 2016 election as a "national security issue."

Trump has repeatedly denied allegations of obstruction, frequently telling reporters there has been "no obstruction."

Mueller is scheduled to appear publicly for testimony before two House committees on July 24. He has previously publicly stated that his report "is his testimony" and that he would not provide any additional information about his report in a public forum.

But Moulton said the testimony will be a good opportunity for more people to learn about the contents of the report.

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"Too few Americans have read it," Moulton said. "I don't think most of my colleagues have even read it."

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