Bennet warns against 'race to judgment' on Trump impeachment

Bennet warns against 'race to judgment' on Trump impeachment
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Sen. Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's Campaign Report: De Blasio drops out | Warren gains support from black voters | Sanders retools campaign team | Warning signs for Tillis in NC Williamson: Climate change result of an 'amoral' economic system Bennet: 'This generation has a lot to be really angry at us about' MORE (D-Colo.) cautioned against a "race to judgment" on impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE, as a wave of his fellow 2020 presidential candidates have issued calls to begin impeachment proceedings.

"I think he committed impeachable offenses, but we have to go through the process," Bennet said of Trump during a CNN presidential town hall Thursday night.  

"One of the problems with our politics today is we want to go out and tweet and immediately react, a race to judgment, and we need to be more strategic than that," he added. "I'm not saying we shouldn't follow this evidence where it leads, but I am saying we should bring the American people."

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Democratic presidential hopefuls have ramped up their calls for the House to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE spoke publicly for the first time about his investigation.

Sens. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerIowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding 2020 Democrats defend climate priorities in MSNBC forum MORE (N.J.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandBooker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding O'Rourke gun confiscation talk alarms Democrats Gillibrand relaunches PAC to elect women MORE (N.Y.) joined fellow Democratic Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Iowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Warren avoids attacks while building momentum MORE (Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenWarren overtakes Biden in Iowa for first time: poll Warren avoids attacks while building momentum Sanders unveils plan to eliminate Americans' medical debt MORE (Mass.) in calling for impeachment proceedings, with both Warren and Harris saying that Mueller had delivered an "impeachment referral."

Mueller said during a Wednesday press conference that his team did not exonerate the president, but also pointed to his report, which did not make a determination on whether Trump committed a crime by interfering with the probe.

“After that investigation, if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that,” Mueller said. 

He also noted that he did not believe he had the authority to decide whether Trump committed a crime, citing Justice Department regulations. He has previously said that Congress could pursue obstruction of justice investigations.

Before Wednesday's statement, a number of 2020 presidential candidates had already called for impeachment proceedings, with Warren last month becoming the first White House contender to call for impeachment.