Moulton: Dems 'made a mistake' waiting to discuss impeachment until now

Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonEx-CBO director calls for more than trillion in coronavirus stimulus spending Overnight Defense: Trump’s move to use military in US sparks backlash | Defense officials take heat | Air Force head calls Floyd’s death ‘a national tragedy’ Democrats blast Trump’s use of military against protests MORE (Mass.), one of the Democrats running for president, said Wednesday that he supports calls to begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, joining a growing number of Democrats who support the move.

At a “Politics & Eggs” breakfast in New Hampshire, Moulton said that Congress’s mistake was waiting for the release of the full report from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN’s Toobin warns McCabe is in ‘perilous condition’ with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill’s 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE to act.


“Don’t tell me there’s not enough to discuss impeachment,” he said. “Frankly, I think our party made a mistake by waiting until now, hoping for a smoking cannon or something in the Mueller report.”

“I don’t think the time is now for a vote, because we still don’t have all the evidence,” he added. “But we should’ve started this debate a while ago, and that’s why I called for it last year.”

Moulton was one of a handful of Democrats to support Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Miami mayor worries about suicide and domestic violence rise; Trump-governor debate intensifies Overnight Energy: Iconic national parks close over coronavirus concerns | New EPA order limits telework post-pandemic | Lawmakers urge help for oil and gas workers Bipartisan lawmakers urge assistance for oil and gas workers MORE’s (D-Texas) call for the House to begin considering articles of impeachment against Trump after Green focused two procedural votes on the issue.

Other 2020 Democratic candidates have come out in support of impeachment in recent days, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (Mass.) and Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (Calif.), while House Democratic leaders such as Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Black lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi: Georgia primary ‘disgrace’ could preview an election debacle in November MORE (Calif.) have been reluctant to sign on to the issue.

“I do believe that impeachment is one of the most divisive forces, paths that we could go down to in our country. But if the facts, the path of fact-finding takes us there, we have no choice. But we’re not there yet,” the Speaker said Tuesday at Time magazine’s Time 100 Summit.

“It may be a place that the facts take us. We shouldn’t impeach for a political reason, and we shouldn’t not impeach for a political reason,” she added.

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