House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) has walked back his previous comments suggesting that President Donald Trump will be impeached by the Democrat-controlled House, claiming that he is “probably farther away” from the idea than most of his Democratic colleagues, Politico reported.
While speaking to reporters on Monday, Clyburn said Democratic leadership would “not get out in front of” their committees as they pursue different investigative avenues into Trump and his administration and claimed that he was “probably farther away” from the idea of an impeachment inquiry than most of his caucus.
“I’m probably farther away from impeachment than anybody in our caucus,” said the number three House Democrat. “We will not get out in front of our committees. We’ll see what the committees come up with. I’ve said that forever.”
Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has restated her stance opposing impeachment proceedings as more Democrats — and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) — ramp up their impeachment calls.
His claim puts him squarely at odds with his previous comments made during an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” a day prior, when he said that he believed that impeachment proceedings had already “begun” against Trump.
Tapper: “But it sounds like you think that the president will be impeached, or at least proceedings will begin in the House at some point, but just not right now.”
Clyburn: “Yes, that’s exactly what I feel. I think we’ve already begun it. We’ve got all of these committees doing their work, we’re having hearings, we’ve already won two court cases, and there are other cases that are still to be determined.”
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Other high-ranking Democrats have attempted to separate themselves from the majority whip’s Sunday comments.
The head of the Democratic Caucus Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said that he would “let [Clyburn] speak for himself” and that his stance on the issue of impeachment “has not changed.” House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) refused to comment on Clyburn’s remarks on Monday.
“We’re not getting into that,” said the majority leader.
Clyburn’s walking back of his comments come as an increasing number of Democrats have called for the impeachment of the president following former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s press conference where he said that charging Trump was “not an option.”