Rumblings of impeachment among Democrats following release of redacted Mueller Report

Erik Hultgren, Senior Reporter

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Following the release of the redacted Mueller Report—-a detailed account of Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election compiled by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III—-some among Washington’s left have called for the beginning of impeachment proceedings.

The document, which spans over three hundred pages, not only investigates Russian influence, but whether or not President Trump and individuals associated with his campaign knowingly coordinated with Russia and attempted to block subsequent investigations.

While the report was unable to provide enough incriminating evidence to indict President Trump on charges of obstruction of justice or criminal conspiracy, it was clear in stating that the decision to further investigate such accusations rests with congress.

While those who support President Trump have been quick to disregard the report and echo his mantra of “No Collusion, No Obstruction”, many of his detractors view the report as—-in the words of Senator Elizabeth Warren—-evidence of “repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behavior.”

Never one to shy away from controversy, the Massachusetts Senator added “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…”

This comes just weeks after Attorney General William Barr delivered his report of Mueller’s findings to congress, stating that the report did not provide enough evidence to conclude that any collusion or obstruction had occurred- a controversial statement.

Since then, with the majority of Special Counsel Mueller’s report released to the public, two opposing views have emerged: that the whole investigation was an uninformed witch hunt (supporting the verdict of Barr and echoing the message of Trump), and that more investigation is needed to form a conclusion on a report that by most accounts lacked one (undermining the credibility of the Attorney General).

It is rare that with a singular document having been released there are such polarizing viewpoints taking shape. With both parties and their respective bases at odds on the issue however, it is unlikely that a conclusion will be reached any time soon.

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