Congressman Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) admitted that he thinks Congress shouldn’t have waited for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to finish his investigation to start impeachment effort against President Donald Trump.
As IJR previously reported, Mueller’s report found that neither President Trump nor any members of his campaign were involved in a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government during the 2016 election. They also failed to conclude that President Trump obstructed justice.
Now that the report has been released, Moulton — who is one of the 21 Democrats running in the Democratic presidential primary — told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace that he believes it was a mistake to wait for the Mueller report before starting the process of impeachment.
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“I do support [impeachment], in fact, I supported it last year. I think we made a mistake as a party by waiting until the Mueller report came out. The fact of the matter is that this is our Constitutional duty. And a lot of people make the argument that it’s not a politically opportune time for us to proceed with this — to have this debate. Don’t forget, Congress does two things: we debate things and then we vote on them. I’m not saying we should vote on impeachment yet; we don’t even have the full Mueller report. But let’s have that debate.”
Moulton didn’t make it clear what Congress would have debated without the facts first being collected by Mueller and his team, but he made it clear that he believes Congress should have started the impeachment process way earlier. He also claimed that it’s not political to go after Trump, but rather it’s a responsibility of Congress.
“I called for that [impeachment debate] a year ago and we should be discussing it because it’s our Constitutional duty,” said Moulton. “Politics aside, Chris, how about just doing the right thing by the Constitution.”
Moulton isn’t alone in his claim that it’s not political for Democrats to try to oust the Republican president. As IJR previously reported, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made the same argument on Thursday.
The congressman has also called for the impeachment of Attorney General William Barr.