More Democrats back impeachment after Mueller statement

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More Democratic presidential candidates on Wednesday joined the call to impeach President Trump after Special Counsel Robert Mueller reiterated that his two-year investigation did not clear Trump of possible obstruction of justice crimes, and said it was up to Congress to decide whether to charge a sitting president.

Seven of the 23 Democrats vying for the party’s 2020 nomination supported impeachment before Mueller’s hastily arranged news conference. Immediately after he spoke, three more presidential hopefuls — Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) — said for the first time that the House should start impeachment proceedings.

The rising chorus increased the pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who vowed to continue investigations.

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