NJ Politics Digest: Booker Joins Calls for Trump’s Impeachment

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U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker has called for Congress to open an impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump after Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III declined to exonerate him.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mr. Mueller said in a public statement on Wednesday.

“Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately,” Booker tweeted in response. “This administration has continued to stonewall Congress’ oversight,” he continued. “Beginning impeachment hearings is the only path forward.”

Booker joins several other Democratic presidential candidates including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris in calling for Donald Trump’s impeachment.

The Record reports that Mueller’s press conference Wednesday also prompted U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. to call for either the resignation or impeachment of Attorney General William Barr, who Pascrell said lied to the American public.

“Mr. Mueller’s statement that his office could have exonerated Donald Trump but did not is nothing short of an alarm bell above the door of our republic,” Pascrell said, The Record reports.

Quote of the Day: “There has to be some institution in our government that is willing to say this matters; that there are still rules. Some institution has to hold that line. Because if nobody holds that line, there is no line.” — Rep. Tom Malinowski, on why he also believes Congress needs to begin impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump.

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NJ Politics Digest: Booker Joins Calls for Trump’s Impeachment