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Rep. Trahan Backs Impeachment Inquiry After Mueller Testimony

Congresswoman Lori Trahan. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)
Congresswoman Lori Trahan. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Massachusetts U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan is the latest Democratic member of Congress to call for impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

"As a staffer during the Clinton impeachment, I’ve seen firsthand how disruptive this process can be for our nation,” the Westford Democrat said in a statement, referring to her time working for former Rep. Marty Meehan. “But no President — including this one — is above the law."

Her announcement came minutes after former Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrapped more than six hours of testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. In that testimony, Mueller refuted Trump’s claims that Mueller’s report exonerated the president on charges of obstruction of justice. Mueller said he was prohibited from deciding the issue of obstruction by Justice Department rules, so his investigators made no determination on that matter.

Mueller also said he sought to interview Trump during his investigation, but Trump refused. Mueller said he decided to forego Trump’s testimony rather than engage in the protracted legal fight that a subpoena would have spurred.

“This administration has continuously failed to cooperate with legitimate congressional oversight and the laws set forth by Congress,” Trahan said in the statement.

Trahan is the sixth member of Massachusetts’ all-Democratic congressional delegation to back impeachment proceedings. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Reps. Jim McGovern, Joe Kennedy III, Seth Moulton and Ayanna Pressley have also called for launching impeachment proceedings.

Sen. Ed Markey as well as Reps. Richard Neal, Bill Keating, Stephen Lynch and Katherine Clark have criticized the president’s actions but stopped short of saying an impeachment inquiry should begin.

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Kimberly Atkins is a senior news correspondent for WBUR, covering national political news from Washington, D.C., with a New England focus.

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