Majority of House Democrats Favor Starting Impeachment Proceedings

Bryan Woolston/Reuters

A majority of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives now favor launching impeachment proceedings against Republican President Donald Trump, after a California lawmaker on Friday became the 118th Democrat to call for the process to begin.

“In the past few years, our nation has seen and heard things from this president that have no place in our democracy,” Representative Salud Carbajal said in a statement that accused Trump of “criminal” behavior.

“I believe it is time to open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump,” Carbajal said.

The Democrats have a majority of 235 members in the House of Representatives. Support for an impeachment inquiry has jumped by more than two dozen Democrats since former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified on July 24 about his probe of Trump and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

But the total of 118 is still far short of the 218 House votes needed to approve an impeachment resolution, and opinion polls continue to show voters sharply divided over the issue. The House is currently on a summer recess and will not return until Sept. 9.

Having a majority of her own caucus favor impeachment could put new pressure on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who opposes impeachment as a politically risky move unless investigators find powerful evidence of misconduct by Trump that can unify public opinion.

In a statement issued Friday, Pelosi gave no sign she was about to change her cautious approach. Instead, she outlined in considerable detail her strategy of Democrats continuing to investigate the president, while also moving in court to get access to more evidence.

“Democrats in the Congress continue to legislate, investigate and litigate,” Pelosi declared. “The president will be held accountable.”

Democrats opposing impeachment say the best way to remove Trump is by defeating him in 2020, when he is up for re-election. Some Democrats worry that too strong a focus on impeachment could eclipse other issues like healthcare and threaten the re-election of Democrats who pried seats away from Republicans last year in regions where many voters oppose impeachment.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and says he was vindicated by the Mueller report, but the special counsel made clear in his testimony to Congress that that was not the case.

In his report, Mueller described in detail the extensive contact Trump’s team had with Russia during the 2016 election campaign, and how Trump tried to impede Mueller’s investigation.

While he stopped short of concluding Trump had committed a crime or that his aides had conspired with Moscow, Mueller did not clear him and indicated it was up to Congress to decide the next steps.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee effectively rebranded their six-month-old oversight investigation of Trump as an impeachment probe last week, when they asked a federal judge for access to Mueller’s grand jury evidence to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment against Trump.

Despite the mounting impeachment calls, there are no outward signs of a revolt among Democratic lawmakers over Pelosi’s attitude, perhaps in part because she has said that lawmakers are free to “espouse their own position, and to criticize me.”

Democrats appear generally happy with her performance as speaker, especially her ability to stand up to Trump day after day.

Pelosi has rallied to the defense of lawmakers Trump has attacked in recent weeks, and sometimes she has returned Trump’s fire with fire. Defending her native city of Baltimore against Trump’s criticisms that it was a “rodent-infested mess,” Pelosi said Thursday that the president’s own son-in-law was a “slumlord” there.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell; additional reporting by David Morgan; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Susan Thomas)

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Brad
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I am starting to believe they are pushing the Impeachment story line to save their own asses. These people are dumber than dumb, but not dumb enough to NOT know that there is no THERE….THERE? So what else would motivate them to Impeach????

Charles
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“In his report, Mueller described in detail the extensive contact Trump’s team had with Russia during the 2016 election campaign, and how Trump tried to impede Mueller’s investigation.” That is incorrect. To a direct question if President Trump had hindered, in and way, the investigation, Mueller said “NO!”. There is no justification for impeachment although that won’t stop the psychos in the House on the Democrat side. They will still lie and so will the media. Meanwhile, the Democrat investigations continue, all fishing expeditions like the Mueller probe. They have no crime committed, just want to examine all of President… Read more »

WellHungChad
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While the Mueller “Pile of Excrement ” may describe in detail a meeting between Trump Jr and others with Russians, it neglects to mention that the same Russians met with Fusion GPS and DNC operatives the day before and after the meeting. It also neglects to mention that the meeting was concerning the Magnitski act, at which point the attendees concluded the meeting. Mueller didn’t even know who Fusion GPS is, completely discrediting else else in it. The Democrats can have their fun and try to impeach, but judging how poorly the Mueller testimony went, I’d say their chances of… Read more »

Screwtape
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Impeachment is easier than doing the jobs they were elected to do. Legislating. Impeachment is not based on dislike, but substantive and conclusive evidence of criminal acts. It still might not pass even then. q.v. Clinton. These morons are not only wasting time and taxpayer dollars, they think they are in parliament, where a vote of “no confidence” might mean something. So…go ahead and shit or get out of the kitchen you idiots. If you were smarter you’d focus more on winning a presidential election. But you insist on pandering to Socialism and persecuting Trump, who is now seen as… Read more »

Louise Vogel
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Louise Vogel

prepare data for impeachment to go forward

Louise Vogel
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Louise Vogel

prepare data for impeachment to go forward

Sirvando Vargas
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House Democrats are only showing they”re level of worth to our Nation. NIL. By pushing the FRAUD of Impeachment, They only justify they’re contribution to our Country . Nothing. They should have they’re Pay-Checks with-held,til they co-operate and work with the Federal government. Mean time,they are useless. Anti-Government,should be declared Enemies of the Country.–Traitors.

Patti Harrison
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I am completely sickened by the so-called majority demoncrats who are STILL trying to impeach Trump, get over it you sore losers, your candidate didn’t win!!! You are so dumb that you cannot listen to your own constituents!!! Stop playing the racist card every time too, everything is not racist all the time! Maybe y’all should do some actual work for a change!!!

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