Posted by News Express | 30 May 2019 | 1,032 times
Calls for the impeachment of President Trump are growing louder. A month after the release of the Mueller report, 44 House Democrats say they support at least opening an impeachment inquiry into whether the president committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has so far resisted, worried that her party could face political jeopardy if Democratic House members attempt to impeach Trump as the 2020 elections near. However, she may not be able to hold that line forever.
All impeachment efforts begin in the House of Representatives, which the Democrats control. There’s not really a magic number that pro-impeachers have to get to, but the more who back an impeachment investigation, the more likely it is to happen.
Here are the House Democrats who support an impeachment inquiry and why, in alphabetical order. They include three committee chairs and 10 of the 24 Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, the committee that would start impeachment proceedings. (Judiciary committee members are marked with a *.) Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) is the lone GOP House member to also call for impeachment. Did we miss someone? Let us know.
Rep. Don Beyer (Va.): “The time has come for the House of Representatives to open an impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Trump,” he tweeted May 21.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.): “The House should use all the tools at its disposal to find the truth, because the facts are not going to change,” he said in a statement May 3.
Rep. Betty McCollum (Minn.): “It is very clear that President Trump is engaging in a cover-up, obstructing of justice, and betraying his oath of office,” she said in a statement May 29.
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (Ore.): “The House of Representatives must begin an impeachment inquiry,” she tweeted May 22.
Rep. Brendan Boyle (Pa.): “It’s time to officially starting Impeachment Hearings,” he tweeted May 29.
Rep. Joaquin Castro (Tex.): “This is a fight for our democracy,” he tweeted May 21.
*Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.): The Judiciary committee member introduced impeachment articles against Trump in November 2017. “I believe there is evidence that he attempted to obstruct an investigation into Russia’s interference with the U.S. presidential election,” he said.
*Rep. David N. Cicilline (R.I.): “If Donald McGahn does not testify [Tuesday], it will be time to begin an impeachment inquiry,” the Judiciary committee member tweeted May 20. (McGahn declined to testify.)
Rep. Danny K. Davis (Ill.): “I believe it is time and imperative that the United States House of Representatives begin an impeachment inquiry whether the House of Representatives should impeach Donald John Trump, President of the United States of America,” he said in a statement on May 28.
*Rep. Madeleine Dean (Pa.): “We must open an impeachment inquiry,” the Judiciary committee member said on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on May 21.
Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.): “The president’s actions are clearly beneath the high personal, ethical and legal standards our founders envisioned in the executive branch, and, as such, constitute a prima facie case to trigger an impeachment investigation,” she said in a statement on April 23.
Rep. Val Demings (Fla.): She has previously supported impeachment inquiries into Trump.
*Rep. Veronica Escobar (Tex.): “I personally feel like we cannot tolerate this level of obstruction, that if we do, then we have lowered the bar to the point where any criminal can be president of the United States and that should be unacceptable to all of us,” the Judiciary committee member tweeted May 21.
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.): He signed on to articles of impeachment against Trump in November 2017.
Rep. Dwight Evans (Pa.): “The heavily redacted #MuellerReport reveals and details repeated disturbing conduct by the president, & it shouldn’t go unnoticed — an impeachment vote would begin the process & allow House Judiciary to have broader investigative availability, which is certainly warranted!” he tweeted in April.
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (Ohio): She signed on to articles of impeachment against Trump in November 2017.
Rep. Al Green (Tex.): Green is one of the first members of Congress to support impeaching Trump, well before the Mueller report was released.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.): “I cannot see a reason for us to abdicate from our constitutionally mandated responsibility to investigate,” she tweeted April 18.
Rep. Jared Huffman (Calif.): “I think it’s important to call out the impeachable offenses that are taking place and to convey to President Trump and the American people that no one is above the law,” he said in February, signing on to articles of impeachment against Trump.
*Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Tex.): On May 21, the Judiciary committee member said she plans to introduce a resolution of investigation to determine whether the House should move forward with an impeachment inquiry.
*Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.): “We are now at the point where we must begin an impeachment inquiry,” the Judiciary committee member tweeted May 21.
Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.): She co-sponsored Rep. Rashida Tblaib’s (D-Mich.) impeachment resolution on May 23.
*Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.): “This inquiry could lead to impeachment, or it could lead to nothing,” the Judiciary committee member told The Washington Post on May 20 of opening an impeachment inquiry.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (N.J.): “I’ve come to think that it is warranted at this point,” Malinowski told NBC News in an article published May 21.
House Rules Committee Chairman Rep. Jim McGovern (Mass.): “We’re beyond talking about this in terms of political implications. We have to do what’s right,” he told WGBH radio in Boston on May 29.
Rep. Gwen Moore (Wis.): She first called for Trump’s impeachment in August 2017.
Rep. Seth Moulton (Mass.): “We should be having this debate,” he said in April.
*Rep. Joe Neguse (Colo.): "The findings detailed in the Special Counsel’s report, and the Administration’s pattern of wholesale obstruction of Congress since the report’s release, make clear that it is time to open an impeachment inquiry,” the Judiciary committee member tweeted May 21.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.): “We must begin impeachment proceedings and investigate if the president committed impeachable offenses,” she tweeted in April.
Rep. Chellie Pingree (Maine): " ... I believe it is in the public interest that Congress continue its own investigations in the face of unprecedented obstruction and move toward an impeachment inquiry," she said in a statement May 29.
Rep. Mark Pocan (Wis.): “Stonewalling Congress on witnesses and the unredacted Mueller report only enhances the President’s appearance of guilt, and as a result, he has pushed Congress to a point where we must start an impeachment inquiry,” he tweeted May 21.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.): “There’s a lack of moral fortitude and fitness to even be in this office,” she told Boston Public Radio in April.
*Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (Md.): “I do think the logic of an impeachment inquiry is pretty overwhelming at this point,” the Judiciary Committee member told The Post on May 21.
Rep. Kathleen Rice (N.Y.): “Congress has a moral obligation to put our politics aside and take action. We need to start impeachment proceedings,” she tweeted May 21.
*Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (Pa.): “Congress has patiently tried to work within traditional means to get to the bottom of this extraordinary situation. But, we have reached an inflection point,” the vice chair of the Judiciary committee said in a May 21 statement.
Rep. Brad Sherman (Calif.): “I am introducing Articles of Impeachment to begin a long process to protect our country from abuse of power, obstruction of justice, and impulsive, ignorant incompetence,” he said in a statement July 12, 2017.
Rep. Jackie Speier (Calif.): She first called for Trump’s impeachment in August 2017.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (Miss.): “I support impeachment,” he said on May 29. “The President has egregiously obstructed justice. The Special Counsel did not give nay indication that the President is innocent.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.): She introduced legislation in March to start an impeachment inquiry.
Rep. Norma J. Torres (Calif.): “Everyone should be concerned about preventing and obstructing the rule of law,” Torres told The Post in April.
Rep. Juan Vargas (Calif.): He called for Trump’s impeachment after the release of the redacted Mueller report in April.
Rep. Filemon Vela (Tex.): After the Mueller report was released, he signed on to Tlaib’s impeachment resolution as a co-sponsor.
House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (Calif.): She was one of the first members of Congress to call for impeaching Trump. “Mueller kicked the impeachment ball to the Congress. The Constitution gives the responsibility to Congress to impeach an unfit president — ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’ What more do we need?" she tweeted in April.
Rep. John Yarmuth (Ky.): He was among the six House Democrats who introduced articles of impeachment against Trump in November 2017. (The Washington Post)
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