Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls For Donald Trump’s Impeachment After Mueller’s First Public Remarks
Calls from Democratic members of Congress to begin an impeachment inquiry for President Donald Trump increased after special counsel Robert Mueller publicly weighed in on Wednesday for the first time about his probe.
Mueller, who has been investigating the president and Russian interference in the 2016 election for the past two years, noted that charging Trump with obstruction of justice was “not an option” for the special counsel’s office because of a Justice Department policy. For many elected officials, this suggested that it was up to Congress to hold the president accountable by starting an impeachment inquiry.
“Mueller is playing a game of Taboo with Congress. His word is ‘impeach,’” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY), said in a tweet on Wednesday.
Party leaders, however, have suggested that such efforts would be risky and are not a primary goal. Instead, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) have stated that the main focus should be on oversight efforts.
“The Special Counsel’s report revealed that the President’s campaign welcomed Russian interference in the election, and laid out eleven instances of the President’s obstruction of the investigation,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The Congress holds sacred its constitutional responsibility to investigate and hold the President accountable for his abuse of power. The Congress will continue to investigate and legislate to protect our elections and secure our democracy.”
But calls on the left for impeachment are getting louder. Following Mueller’s brief speech from the Department of Justice, members of Congress, including several presidential candidates, like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), former housing and urban development secretary Julián Castro, former representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) and more have used Twitter to press the need for starting an impeachment inquiry.
Among them are Latina women. Earlier this week, Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) encouraged Pelosi and House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to take a more aggressive stance on the matter. “I believe we need to begin an impeachment inquiry,” she tweeted Tuesday. In April, Rep. Norma Torres (D-Calif.) told the Washington Post there is enough evidence in front of us to move forward” on impeachment proceedings and that “if it came up for a vote today, I would vote to impeach this president.”
The growing calls for impeachment comes as tension between the president and Democrats intensify. Last week, Trump walked out of a White House meeting on infrastructure with top Democrats, saying he wouldn’t work with them or lower the cost of prescription drugs unless they stopped investigating into his presidency.