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After Reviewing Evidence, Wave Of Lawmakers Call For Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump

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On Sunday, a wave of lawmakers from the state of Washington called for impeachment proceedings against President Trump, making it so that nearly half of the House Democratic caucus now supports the move.

The call from the five Washington state Democrats — Reps. Derek Kilmer, Kim Schrier, Suzan DelBene and Denny Heck, as well as Sen. Patty Murray — came four days after former special counsel Robert Mueller testified to Congress.

The move also comes after the lawmakers reviewed detailed evidence in the Mueller report that suggests Trump committed high crimes while in office.

Although Mueller didn’t make a determination into whether the president should be charged with a crime, he did not clear Trump on the question of obstruction of justice.

Trump claimed victory after the hearings, insisting that “there was no defense to this ridiculous hoax, this witch hunt.”

The four Washington state representatives, who all cited Mueller’s report in their statements, bring the total number of House Democrats calling for impeachment proceedings up to 103, just 15 shy of a majority of the Democratic Caucus.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) said Friday that she has no problem with individual Democrats calling for impeachment despite her reservations about moving forward with the process.

“Their advocacy for impeachment only gives me leverage. I have no complaint with what they are doing, and we will move forward at the right time,” she said.

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