Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), 2020 presidential candidate, said the process to impeach President Donald Trump should begin whether it is politically popular or not. In an interview with MSNBC's Chris Hayes, Warren called impeachment a "point of principle."
"Congress cannot cover its ears and close its eyes and pretend this isn't happening," Warren said Tuesday night. "This is not about politics. This is about principle. This is about what kind of a country we are."
"We swore not just to protect Donald Trump," she said. "We swore to protect the Constitution of the United States of America. And that's what is called for here."
CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC HOST: Well, here's my question. In terms of what next, right? I mean, there is this very intense debate happening and you can see it happening publicly and in almost kind of agonizing fashion with your colleagues in the House about what to do this, right? What are the next steps?
You have I think if I'm not mistaken said that impeachment proceedings should begin.
SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Yes.
HAYES: What do you say to people say, that's politically dangerous, public opinion is running like 56 to 38 opposed to impeachment proceedings, and you are walking into a trap?
WARREN: There is no political convenience exception to the constitution of the United States of America. You know, there are some things are bigger than politics. And this one is a point of principle.
If the United States Congress fails to step up when they have been handed facts like the facts handed to us in the Mueller report, then that changes the relationship between the president and the Congress not just for now, but for the next president and the next president and the next president...
This really is about accountability. The Constitution of the United States provided for separation of powers so that Congress just to use the words, could hold the president accountable if he did something like this, obstructed justice.
And the facts in front of us in the Mueller report are clear. More than 600 federal prosecutors, Republicans and Democrats, people from urban areas and rural areas, people from all across the country looked at this and said, if he were anyone other than president of the United States, what is shown in the Mueller report is enough for a criminal indictment. That means it comes to Congress, and we can't play politics here. We have to step up and say the president is accountable. No more, can't do this.