A majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives are now pushing for an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, which represents a significant movement in the party. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi still has not publicly come out in support of impeachment.
In a press release on Wednesday, Congressman Eliot Engel of New York became one of the latest members to call for an impeachment inquiry. He accused Trump of obstructing justice in the Mueller probe, saying “the president abused the power of his office in an effort to stymie a legitimate investigation into his campaign’s involvement with Russia.”
Engel also cited Mueller’s recent appearance before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees as a reason that he’s now urging an impeachment inquiry, writing “Mr. Mueller’s testimony provided ample evidence that the President committed obstruction of justice, and I believe the House must pursue a formal impeachment inquiry.”
He closed by writing “the President’s repeated abuses have brought American democracy to a perilous crossroads. Following the guidance of the Constitution — which I have sworn to uphold – is the only way to achieve justice.”
The New York lawmaker is one of the highest-ranking members of Congress to call for an impeachment inquiry so far. He chairs the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, which he said in his press release is looking into Trump’s conflicts of interest around the world, including with Russia.
According to Politico, 118 members now support an impeachment inquiry. There are 235 voting Democrats in the House.
Other House chairs to call for impeachment include Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) of the House Financial Services Committee and Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) of the House Appropriations Committee. Rep. Jerry Nadler, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, has stopped short of formally calling for impeachment, though he recently said on CNN that Trump “has done many impeachable offenses.”