California senator, and Democratic 2020 presidential hopeful, Kamala Harris on Monday night called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Harris announced her support for House impeachment proceedings during a town hall on CNN, just days after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on allegations that Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election, and that Trump then actively obstructed the investigation.
“I think we have very good reason to believe that there is an investigation that has been conducted which has produced evidence that tells us that this president and his administration engaged in obstruction of justice,” Harris said during that CNN event.
With her statement, Harris joined a small-but-growing number of presidential contenders who have called for impeachment; Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro also have called for Congress to impeach the president.
In his report, Mueller said there was insufficient evidence to point to any conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, and the special counsel declined to accuse Trump of the crime of obstructing justice even as he wrote that he would not exonerate the president either.
Mueller did point the finger at Russian intelligence, including the firm Internet Research Agency, which used social media to spread pro-Trump and anti-Hillary Clinton messages in the months before the November 2016 election.
In a tweet sent Tuesday, Harris wrote “the first step of our constitutional responsibility is to start the impeachment process in the House.”
Harris also pledged executive action on gun control if Congress failed to deliver a bill to her in the first 100 days of her term, should she be elected.
Harris’ website lays out a list of actions she would take, including signing executive orders to:
▪ mandate “near-universal” background checks;
▪ revoke the licenses of gun manufacturers and dealers that break the law;
▪ reverse Trump’s change to the definition of “fugitive from justice,” which loosened restrictions on gun purchases;
▪ close the “boyfriend loophole” that exempts dating partners with domestic violence convictions from a prohibition on owning guns.
“The leading cause of death of young black men is gun violence. it outpaces the next nine leading causes combined,” Harris said in a tweet announcing her plan.
The polling aggregator Real Clear Politics lists Harris as having the support of 8% of Democratic primary voters, behind former Vice President Joe Biden (29%) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (22%).