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Rep. André Carson calls for impeachment inquiry of President Trump

Posted: 1:59 AM, Jul 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-25 07:37:26-04
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Indiana Rep. André Carson called for an impeachment inquiry into President Trump Wednesday following former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony in front of Congress.

In a statement, Carson said Mueller's testimony concluded the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election and the Trump campaign welcomed their help.

“Congress must continue to use every tool at our disposal to hold (Trump) accountable, including opening an inquiry into his impeachment, and ultimately ensuring this type of dangerous, foreign interference never happens again. The future of our democracy depends on it,” Carson said.

Carson is the 94th member of the House to announce he favors an impeachment inquiry. Ninety-three of the members are Democrats, along with Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who recently left the Republican Party and is serving as an Independent.

Carson voted in favor of the Articles of Impeachment introduced last week by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas.

Here is Carson's full statement on Mueller's hearing:

I extend my thanks to Director Mueller for coming to Capitol Hill today to testify before my committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Judiciary Committee. I hold deep respect for Director Mueller’s years of distinguished service to our country, and his role spearheading the thorough and impartial investigation of foreign meddling in our elections.

His testimony today conclusively confirmed the aggressive, systemic interference conducted by the Russian government, which was detailed in Director Mueller’s report. We know that the Russians made numerous contacts with the Trump campaign, which welcomed their help. And they lied to cover it up. It’s clearer than ever that this President and his closest advisors jeopardized our national security, and threatened the very foundations of our Democracy through their shady dealings.

As Director Mueller has demonstrated through his decades-long career, public servants must put our country’s laws and core values above their own personal, political or financial gain. This President has failed to meet these basic standards of conduct. Congress must continue to use every tool at our disposal to hold him accountable, including opening an inquiry into his impeachment, and ultimately ensuring this type of dangerous, foreign interference never happens again. The future of our democracy depends on it.