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By Jonathan Allen
Nevertheless, she insisted.
While most of the Democratic presidential candidates of 2020 hid and dived to find safe ground – and party elders solemnly warned against excessive outreach – Senator Elizabeth Warren is open boldly Friday night and called on the House to begin a process of impeachment against President Donald Trump based on the report of the special advocate Robert Mueller.
The Massachusetts senator and the Democratic presidential candidate of 2020 blamed Trump for "hosting" the help of a "hostile" government and for blocking the "government". investigation in the context of an attack on an American election.
"Ignoring the president's repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own unfair behavior would inflict considerable and lasting damage on the country," Warren said on Twitter. "The seriousness of this misconduct requires the elected officials of both parties to put aside their political considerations and to fulfill their constitutional duty, which means that the Chamber should initiate an impeachment proceeding against the President of the United States" .
It was a rare moment in a cluttered and unstable primary: an opportunity seized for a candidate to cut short the cacophony of the election campaign and define the terms of a debate that will rage throughout the contest.
With his party split between his impulses – to avoid the spiral of potential political death from a failed impeachment even if it is acclaimed by an energetic base and to hold Trump accountable for what the Democrats regard as blatant abuses – Warren decided to continue hearings in the House. of conscience.
In other words, she sided with the party's essential supporters, defined her cause in moral terms, and outraged the message from the top of the mountain.
That's the classic Warren. And at a time when she is focusing her campaign on serious political proposals, it reminds progressives that they also love her politics.
"I do not doubt his sincerity here, but it's probably also a very clever decision to go to the forefront," tweeted David Axelrod, who was one of the best campaign advisers and the White House's President Barack Obama.
A campaign manager told NBC News that Warren thought it was the right way to proceed after reading Mueller's report during a return flight from the election campaign on Thursday. Nevertheless, it will remain focused on its political program and not on removal, said the official.
And yet, calling for the removal of a president – especially when so many other Democrats are reluctant to do so (shortly before Warren issued his statement, Amy Klobuchar, senator and candidate for 2020, said: " I think you have seen all senators very cautious about this because we would be the jury if any action was brought by the House ") – it is not a particularly forgettable act.
Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change campaign committee, who endorsed Warren, said the political left was outraged by the handling of the Mueller report by Attorney General William Barr and the White House's response.
Warren's decision could help him take advantage of this energy as more of his rivals gain more attention – as well as larger fundraising campaigns and more polls – in the early months of the year. the main campaign.
"If you think of the oxygen that is now in the room for all the Russia-Mueller impeachment whirlwind, for weeks or months, whenever a fate publicly and agrees we need to start Impeachment hearings, people will remember that Elizabeth Warren is the presidential candidate who initiated this project, "said Green.
While Green noted that Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Introduced the House's resolution that would be a likely way to start imputation hearings, Warren's status as a rule of thumb. A major player in the primary will likely make his announcement a major marker if the House goes ahead against the president.
At about the same time Warren spoke, his progressive colleague Bernie Sanders, the polling officer among the running candidates, answered questions from the press about the Mueller report in South Carolina.
On Thursday, the former Texas representative, Beto O. Rourke, who had said in the vote against Ted Cruz in the Senate last year that he would vote for Trump's dismissal, called the question for Congress or voters, rather than for presidential candidates.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, in Indiana, said that he was "pretty sure that" Trump "deserved to be removed" but was referred to Congress, while the Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castor has described it as "perfectly reasonable" for legislators to initiate impeachment proceedings.
Senator Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Told MSNBC Thursday "All In with Chris Hayes" that she wanted to hear what Mueller has to say about her report before making her judgment on the opportunity of To initiate impeachment proceedings – similar to the position of his Californian compatriot, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is perhaps the most important player in any impeachment drama.
The reluctance of some of Warren's rivals suggests that his decision to march on the left flank of the indictment front carries some risks, though this is a quick way to rally Liberal support.
This will not only place it back in Trump's field of vision, but will also expose it to a friendly political fire on the part of Democrats who believe that continuing its ouster is the surest way to ensure his reelection .
Nevertheless, Warren, often cited as the heir of Edward M. Kennedy as the Senate's liberal lion, has shown that his mark could be more convincing when a good deal of politics mingled with his substance.
That's what happened when the GOP Senators cited the rules of the House to remove Warren's speech privileges during a debate in 2017 on the appointment of Jeff Sessions by Trump as attorney general. Warren had read in a letter criticizing the sessions written by Coretta Scott King in 1986.
Since Sessions was a member of the Senate at the time of the battle for the nomination, Warren learned that she could not slander him under the rules. The Senate voted to prevent him from speaking again about the appointment of the sessions.
"She was warned and given an explanation," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. "Nevertheless, she persisted."
The progressives quickly adopted McConnell's derogatory phrase as a symbol of strong women. It has even been condensed to "She Persisted" for the title of a bestseller by Chelsea Clinton.
It remains to be seen if Warren's call for indictment will give him a major boost. But there is not much opportunity to stand out from the crowd, and she grabbed it without hesitation.