Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is apparently not yet willing to dive headfirst into major Democratic financier Tom Steyer’s multi-million campaign to impeach President Donald Trump.
Warren gave a word reply after a New York Times reporter asked her Thursday night if she is on board with Steyer’s mission.
“Another business executive, Tom Steyer, has a campaign afoot to impeach the president. Do you support Tom Steyer?” TheNYT’s Andrew Ross Sorkin asked.
“Nope,” Warren responded.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion must be completed before Democrats consider ousting Trump, she added.
“The investigation then can be completed, and once the investigation is completed, then we know what we’ve got in front of us,” Warren said during the TimesTalks event.
She added that Senate Republicans should do something to prevent the president from firing Mueller before the investigation can be completed. Warren is among a handful of Democrats who worry discussing impeachment could allow Republicans to paint the midterms as a campaign to protect Trump.
Other lawmakers are similarly skeptical of Steyer’s agenda. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, for instance, called an impeachment campaign impractical in March and suggested it distracts from the investigation and could jeopardize Democratic efforts to take back Congress in 2018.
Mueller’s probe has led to the conviction of former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort and a guilty plea from the president’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, neither of whom faced charges related to a possible Russian collusion.
Steyer, for his part, believes his massive campaign to impeach Trump won’t backfire and will cause the president’s ardent supporters to come out in droves in the midterm elections. (RELATED: Steyer’s Impeach Trump Campaign Scrounges For Support On Long Road Trip)
He is putting the bulk of his $110 million war chest toward building out NextGen America and Need to Impeach, two political organizations engineered to take down Trump. Steyer doubled his initial $20 million investment in Need to Impeach to $40 million.
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