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Warren: Call for Trump's impeachment isn't about politics, but principle

Sen. Elizabeth Warren became the first to call for President Trump's immediate impeachment proceedings.

Democratic contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) joined MSNBC on Tuesday following her call to begin impeachment proceedings on President Trump on the Senate floor Tuesday afternoon.

“It’s up to Congress to make sure that the president is not above the law,” she told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, urging her colleagues, regardless of party affiliation, to not only read the Mueller report but look closely at the evidence.

Warren told Hayes that after reading the 448-page Mueller report, she believed that evidence of Russian interference was ubiquitous, and that the subsequent investigation efforts by the federal government were subject to an obstruction attempt by the president himself.

She went on to say that Congress has a responsibility to maintain checks and balances by acting on the information presented to them by the Special Counsel.

“If the United States Congress fails to step up when they are handed facts like the ones handed to us in the Mueller report, then that changes the relationship between the president and the Congress,” she said. “This is not about politics, this is about principle.”

The senator called for immediate impeachment proceedings, saying that this investigation is far from over. She directed her words specifically at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who encouraged lawmakers to move past the Russian investigation in the same hearing earlier Tuesday.

“We swore not just to protect Donald Trump. We swore to protect the constitution of the United States of America, and that’s what’s called for here,” she said, echoing her message to her Senate colleagues.