After Mueller Testimony, #ImpeachNow and #ImpeachmentInquiryNow Trends on Twitter: 'Trump Is a Criminal and a Traitor'

After former special counsel Robert Mueller testified to Congress on Wednesday, the hashtags #ImpeachNow and #ImpeachmentInquiryNow began trending on Twitter, with tens of thousands of social media users urging lawmakers to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Mueller on Wednesday testified for roughly six hours before the House Judicial and Intelligence committees about his two-year-long investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and the 448-page report, released in April, detailing the key findings of the probe. It was the first time he answered questions from lawmakers regarding the investigation.

Despite the president's claims of innocence, Mueller repeated that his report did not exonerate Trump of wrongdoing during his remarks. The investigation resulted in 199 criminal charges, indicting 34 individuals, including three companies and six former Trump associates. While the former special counsel's report did not accuse the president of a crime, it did explore least 11 possible instances of obstruction committed by the president and his inner circle, dating from his 2016 campaign to current day.

"We did not reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime," Mueller noted at the beginning of the hearing.

Although the former special counsel dodged numerous key questions on Wednesday, he made several critical statements about Trump, including a rebuke of the president's past praise for WikiLeaks. Mueller also asserted that his probe was "not a witch hunt," a term Trump has been using for months to attack it's credibility.

As of Wednesday evening, #ImpeachmentInquiryNow had been mentioned in more than 65,8000 tweets and #ImpeachNow in over 59,000 Twitter posts.

Most users called for lawmakers to launch impeachment proceedings against Trump.

"Q: 'You believe that you could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?' MUELLER: 'Yes.' That should be enough for ANY House member who has not yet called for an impeachment inquiry. No more excuses! #ImpeachmentInquiryNow," Jon Cooper, chairman of the Democratic Coalition, tweeted.

"Clearly today the #MuellerTestimony reaffirmed that congress needs to do their job. We need to open an #ImpeachmentInquiryNow full stop!," congressional candidate Jan McDowell tweeted.

"Tell your Congressperson. Call. Tweet. Email. Letters. Smoke Signals. Go to their office tomorrow. Anything. Demand an #ImpeachmentInquiryNow," writer Grant Stern tweeted.

"Three big things we learned today. 1) Russia is workin' as we speak to influence our next election. 2) Trump will willingly accept Russian help. 3) Republicans don't care #TrumpIsAFelon #ImpeachmentInquiryNow," Twitter user @TeaPainUSA wrote.

"The Democrat representatives are waiting for public support to #ImpeachmentInquiryNow - we need to speak up now. CALL 877 650 0039. Enter your zip code and will connect you to rep office. Rise up!!," Twitter user Susan Purtell tweeted.

"If @SpeakerPelosi & @HouseDemocrats don't open an #ImpeachmentInquiryNow then Trump will gaslight his way to 2020 and claim vindication when the truth is that he is not vindicated at all. He is a FELON who welcomed Russia to attack our election and obstructed justice. #ImpeachNow," Twitter user @ProudResister tweeted.

"Mueller made it clear today via his testimony that Trump is a criminal and a traitor who should not be president. It's time to #ImpeachNow. Retweet if you agree," Scott Dworkin, co-founder of the Democratic Coalition, tweeted.

"This is the ball game: The only reason he wasn't charged is that he is President. Which means his Office is protecting him from the Rule of Law. Which means preserving the Rule of Law requires that the *only body* with the power to do it hold him accountable. #ImpeachNow," progressive activist Abdul El-Sayed tweeted.

"#ImpeachNow so Mr.Trump, you basically allowed the Russian Government to Hack and Influence your election and tried to cover it up...," Twitter user @john_godish wrote.

"According to Mueller's testimony: Donald Trump was not exonerated, Mueller would have indicted Trump were it not for the opinion of the Office of Legal Counsel that a sitting president cannot he indicted, and Mueller said Trump could be indicted after leaving office. #ImpeachNow," Twitter user @Ap_mecca93 wrote.

"#ImpeachNow Can you imagine what Trump will be like if gets away with the crimes he's committed already and then wins in 2020? A precedent must be set that Presidents will be held accountable for their actions," Twitter user @BBest123456 wrote.

Meanwhile, some users questioned why the hashtags were trending.

"The Robert Mueller Hearing was a JOKE just like the Investigation! Why is #ImpeachmentInquiryNow & #ImpeachTrumpNowtrending? He didnt collude!," actor Terrence K. Williams tweeted.

"I get why #TrumpIsAFelon is "Trending in USA" but I don't get why some people are also including #ImpeachmentInquiryNow. We all know that Trump is more likely to win or lose the 2020 election than to be impeached. And even if he was to be impeached, who wants @VP to be president?" Twitter user @AndrewDelPilar3 wrote.

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File photo: Former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee June 19, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Following Mueller's testimony to Congress on Wednesday about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the hashtags #ImpeachNow and #ImpeachmentInquiryNow began trending on Twitter. Alex Wong/Getty
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