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Democratic Presidential Candidates Split on Impeaching Trump

  • Warren and Harris endorse impeachment after Mueller report
  • Sanders fears it’ll overshadow party’s message, and help Trump
Bernie Sanders
Bernie SandersPhotographer: Anna Moneymaker/Bloomberg

The leading 2020 Democratic presidential candidates split Monday night over impeaching President Donald Trump, highlighting a schism in the party over whether a risky effort to expel him from office will distract from talking about the pocketbook issues that voters care most about.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, the early front-runner for the nomination, gave his first direct answer on the question of impeachment, saying the House should carry out a “hard investigation,” but he warned that the political battle would play into the president’s hands. His stance put him at odds with some other members of the party’s progressive wing, including rival Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.