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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

SALT LAKE CITY — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has called for the House of Representatives to start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

In a series of tweets, Warren said the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report encouraged her to call for impeachment.

Read the full statement below.

“The Mueller report lays out facts showing that a hostile foreign government attacked our 2016 election to help Donald Trump and Donald Trump welcomed that help. Once elected, Donald Trump obstructed the investigation into that attack.

“Mueller put the next step in the hands of Congress: ‘Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.’ The correct process for exercising that authority is impeachment.

“To ignore a President’s repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behavior would inflict great and lasting damage on this country, and it would suggest that both the current and future Presidents would be free to abuse their power in similar ways.

“The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States.”

Warren will be the first 2020 presidential candidate to announce her feelings on impeachment.

Deeper dive: CNN reporter MJ Lee reported that Warren made her decision hours after visiting Salt Lake City. Lee said she was told that Warren began reading the redacted Mueller report on the plane from Salt Lake City to Boston.

  • “She continued reading into the night after getting home, and when she was finished, felt it was her ‘duty’ publicly say what she just tweeted,” Lee tweeted.
  • Lee reported that “Warren’s decision to call on impeachment proceedings does not mean that the topic will become (a) central theme of her 2020 campaign going forward — Warren plans to continue to rolling out major policy proposals.”

Warren visited Salt Lake City on Wednesday for a campaign stop, the Deseret News reported. Warren spoke about Utah’s national parks. She also criticized the Trump administration for agreeing to contracts to drill on public lands.

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Warren also talked about her proposal for people to post their tax returns online, which appears to be a measure aimed at the president, too.

GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who is the niece of Utah, Sen. Mitt Romney issued her response, according to CBS News.

".@realDonaldTrump was just exonerated after TWO YEARS of Democrat lies. Democrats' calls for impeachment have been bogus all along, but Elizabeth Warren is proving how truly desperate they are to appeal to their radical base," McDaniel wrote.