Moulton Joins Chorus Calling for Impeachment Proceedings
By Lisa Kashinsky
CONCORD, N.H. -- U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton has joined the growing number of Democratic presidential candidates calling for the House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, blasting the president as a “liar” and a “vicious politician.”
“We have a commander in chief that we fundamentally can’t trust,” Moulton told reporters Tuesday. “Of course he’s a liar. I think everybody knows he’s a liar.”
The U.S. representative from the state’s 6th Congressional District said impeachment proceedings “should move forward” in the House. “There is ample evidence -- and there has been for a long time now -- that we should have this debate,” he said.
But with only a redacted version of the report by special counsel Robert Mueller available, Moulton tempered his call by saying, “It’s not the right time to vote on impeachment because we don’t have all the facts yet.”
After launching his presidential bid with a national media blitz on Monday, Moulton worked the ground game Tuesday in New Hampshire -- at one point even getting his hands dirty spreading mulch outside a transitional home for veterans in Manchester. He followed up an hours-long stop at Liberty House -- where he spoke to veterans individually about their service -- with a roundtable with AmeriCorps volunteers and the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence in Concord.
The events were small, a couple dozen people at each, with no photo lines -- though there were plenty of press cameras. That was by design. Working with veterans and service groups is a key component of the grassroots campaign Moulton, an Iraq War combat veteran, is looking to build.
“This is a campaign based in service, it’s a campaign based in patriotism, and it’s a campaign that’s going to talk about tough issues that other Democrats haven’t been willing to address,” Moulton told the Herald. “We have got to respond to Donald Trump’s performance as the commander in chief -- where I think he’s really let our country down and made us less safe and less secure.”
What Moulton lacks in national name recognition, he made up for with ample face time on Tuesday. Veteran Ryan Costantino said Moulton’s visit to Liberty House showed he “cares and gets into the trenches with us.” And Stephen Cavanaugh said it “shows right from the get-go he’s all for veterans and he’s going to help in Washington.”