Sign up for a daily newsletter defining what matters in business and markets

Stories

Where 2020 Democrats stand on impeaching Trump

This image is a four-way split screen in the following order, from left to right: Elizabeth Warren, Wayne Messam, Seth Moulton, and Kamala Harris
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Mayor Wayne Messam, Rep. Seth Moulton and Sen. Kamala Harris. Photos: Spencer Platt/Getty Images, Joe Raedle/Getty Images, Michael Brochstein, Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images, Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images

10 2020 Democratic candidates have joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren's call to impeach President Trump.

What's new: Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.) became the latest to support impeachment on Thursday after Trump's statement that he'd accept information from a foreign government that could impact an election. Other candidates are emphasizing the role of Congress in making the final decision or keeping their distance from the issue.

Want to impeach Trump

  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.): "It's time for Congress to begin impeachment hearings and follow the facts. Robert Mueller clearly expects Congress to exercise its constitutional authority and take steps that he could not. We can't let the president defy basic accountability measures built into our Constitution."
  • Sen. Cory Booker (N.J.): "Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately."
  • Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke: "There must be consequences, accountability, and justice. The only way to ensure that is to begin impeachment proceedings. As Mueller reiterates there were 'multiple, systemic efforts to interfere in our election,' Trump calls it a hoax. He invited these attacks, obstructed the investigation into them & told Putin there will be no consequences for launching a concerted attack on our political system."
  • Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio): He told a CNN town hall the time is now right to launch impeachment proceedings against Trump, in light of Mueller's Russia investigation findings and the former special counsel's comments.
  • Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro: "Mueller made clear this morning that his investigation now lays at the feet of Congress. No one is above the law—Congress should begin an impeachment inquiry."
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.): "Mueller’s statement makes clear what those who have read his report know: It is an impeachment referral, and it’s up to Congress to act. They should."
    • Warren's original call to impeach: "The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States."
  • Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.): "What Robert Mueller basically did was return an impeachment referral. Now it is up to Congress to hold this president accountable. We need to start impeachment proceedings. It's our constitutional obligation."
  • Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.): "Congress has no choice: we must begin an impeachment inquiry against @realDonaldTrump. He has invited the Russians to again sabotage our elections. And he has obstructed (& obstructs) justice. Time to be held accountable. Our democracy is worth saving."
  • Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.): "Mueller did his job. Now it’s time to do ours.
    Impeachment hearings should begin tomorrow." He has accused Trump of obstructing justice — which the Mueller report did not confirm — and violating the constitution's emoluments clause.
  • Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam: "Based on what is available I believe the President should be placed under impeachment proceedings and let the weight of the full report carry out the justice the American people deserve."
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders: "We have a president who thinks he is above the law. The House should immediately begin impeachment inquiries."

Mixed messages

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden: Biden said that Congress would have "no alternative" but impeachment should President Trump attempt to block congressional investigations following up on details in the Mueller report. He said last year that he hoped congressional Democrats didn't move to impeach Trump, per Politico.
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.): "If the House brings the impeachment proceedings before us, we will deal with them. ... What I will say is there are very disturbing things that would lead you to believe there’s obstruction of justice."
  • South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg: “This is as close to an impeachment referral as you could get under the circumstances.” He believes the president has "made pretty clear he deserves impeachment,” but said he is "going to leave it to the House and Senate to figure that out."
  • Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper: "[Mueller] laid the responsibility of an investigation clearly at the threshold of Congress. At this point, I think it'd be crazy not to go forward and open an impeachment inquiry ... I don't think that means we are going to file articles of impeachment or try to impeach President Trump tomorrow or ever, but I think we owe it to the American people to try and get all of the facts."
  • Gov. Jay Inslee (Wash.): "It is clear that the president tried and tried and tried to stop the Mueller investigation. Congress needs to get to the bottom of what's going on here. Impeachment should not be off the table."

The bottom line: In a race that has been characterized by 2020 Democrats creating new litmus tests to measure themselves against Trump, calling for his impeachment has slowly become more standard for the top candidates. Voter support for Trump's impeachment has also fallen 7 points since December, according to an SSRS-conducted CNN poll.

Go deeper ... 2020 presidential election: Track which candidates are running