Sen. Harris: 'I Believe Congress Should Take the Steps Towards Impeachment'

By Susan Jones | April 23, 2019 | 11:32 AM EDT

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

( - Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), one of 20 Democrats running for her party's presidential nomination, told a CNN town hall Monday night she believes Congress should move to impeach the president, even if it wouldn’t result in his removal from office.

"I believe that we need to get rid of this president. That's why I'm running to become president of the United States,” Harris said.


But I think we have very good reason to believe that there is an investigation that has been conducted which has produced evidence that tells us that this president and his administration engaged in obstruction of justice. I believe Congress should take the steps towards impeachment.

But I want to say this, because it doesn't end there. I also want to say this. I'm also a realist. And when I look at what has been happening over the two years and some months that I've been in the United States Senate, I have also witnessed folks in the United States Congress and in particular in the GOP, who have been presented with many reasons to push back against this president and they have not.

And when we look at the impeachment process, there will be what happens in the House and an investigation that takes place. I think we can be pretty sure that it looks like that is very likely to happen. And then it's going to go over to the Senate. And in the House needs to be a vote by a majority, a simple majority, and then it's going to come over to the Senate.

And I've not seen any evidence, since I've been in the United States Senate, that the United States Senate -- and the Republicans hold the majority -- I've not seen any evidence to suggest that they will weigh on the facts instead of on partisan adherence to being protective of this president. And that's what concerns me and what will be the eventual outcome.

So we have to be realistic about what might be the end result, but that doesn't mean the process should not take hold.

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