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Impeachment investigation big topic in presidential forum

Tracy Samilton
Michigan Radio

Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar expressed support for the impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump on Sunday in Madison Heights.

The investigation was announced last week by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, after the White House released a transcript which revealed President Donald Trump asking Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

The candidates made their remarks at a presidential forums hosted by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union.

U.S. Sen. Warren (D-Mass.), however,  reminded reporters she has supported such an investigation since reading the Mueller report, "all 448 pages of it," saying she was concluded the president's attempt to obstruct the Mueller investigation was an impeachable offense.

"He now has admitted to soliciting a foreign government to interfere in our 2020 election - that is an 

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U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar takes questions from the press prior to a presidential forum hosted by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union in Madison Heights on September 29.

impeachable offense," says Warren.

U.S. Sen. Klobuchar (D-Minn.), however, says she didn't believe impeachment based on the Mueller report was the right course. Now, she believes Congress has a constitutional duty to pursue an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump.

That's whether or not, she says, it plays well on social media and in the polls.
"Right now the focus is to keep this as simple as we can," says Klobuchar, "and that is on the fact that we've got a smoking gun document of this president calling a foreign leader and ask him to get dirt on someone."
Both candidates also expressed strong support for striking GM workers, and both said they want to  strengthen the right of workers to form unions and engage in protected union activity.

The UFCW represents about 1.3 million workers around the U.S. 

Members from the audience asked the candidates questions about protecting retirement savings and pensions, health insurance, and wages.

The UFCW forum, held in Detroit suburb of Madison Heights, will be followed by a second one in Des Moines, Iowa on October 13, at which candidates U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and U.S. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) are expected to appear.

Tracy Samilton covers energy and transportation, including the auto industry and the business response to climate change for Michigan Public. She began her career at Michigan Public as an intern, where she was promptly “bitten by the radio bug,” and never recovered.
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