NEWARK, NJ - Presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Cory Booker called for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump today after Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed why his office did not - and could not - charge the president with a crime.
Booker, who announced his presidential bid in Newark to potentially challenge Trump in the 2020 election, said it was now up to Congress to bring impeachment charges.
“The country just heard from Robert Mueller -- what must happen now is clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately,” Booker said in a campaign email.
This Administration has continued to stonewall Congress’s oversight. Beginning impeachment proceedings is the only path forward.— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 29, 2019
Booker became mayor of Newark in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010. He formerly served as Central Ward councilman in 1998.
Mueller completed an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and today gave a closing statement before resigning into private life. He cited the U.S. Department of Justice policy that states a sitting president cannot be charged with a federal crime.
“The opinion says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting President of wrongdoing,” Mueller said. “And beyond Department policy, we were guided by principles of fairness. It would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge.”
Mueller said that if investigators had confidence that Trump did not commit a crime, they would have said so.
“We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime,” he continued.
By calling for impeachment, Booker is going against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has previously contended that impeachment is not the right move for Democrats.
Booker said he was calling on his colleagues in the House to "fulfill the oath we each took."
“Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately,” his campaign email continued.