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PoliticsWHIP LIST: Dems who support an impeachment inquiry against President Trump

00:57  22 may  2019
00:57  22 may  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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WHIP LIST: Dems who support an impeachment inquiry against President Trump© UPI Photo WHIP LIST: Dems who support an impeachment inquiry against President Trump

A growing number of House Democrats are calling for an impeachment inquiry as the Trump administration resists cooperating with their investigations.

The impeachment talk swelled this week after former White House counsel Don McGahn said he would follow the White House recommendation to defy a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee to appear for a hearing on Tuesday.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has long resisted impeachment and argued that Democrats should instead focus on the policy issues they campaigned on. But the pressure is growing on Pelosi and her leadership team.

Several Democrats have signed onto a resolution from Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) that calls on the Judiciary Committee to inquire whether the House should impeach Trump.

Here's a tally of which lawmakers have endorsed launching an impeachment inquiry of President Trump. This list will be updated.

1. Don Beyer (Va.)

"For me, the final two straws were Don McGahn refusing to come forward after a perfectly reasonable request for him to appear and then Mnuchin writing us back saying he's not going to honor the subpoena on Trump's tax returns when the law is crystal clear," Beyer told The Hill, referring to Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

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2. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.)

Blumenauer signed on to Tlaib's resolution.

3. Joaquin Castro (Texas)

"It's time for Congress to open an impeachment inquiry. There is political risk in doing so, but there's a greater risk to our country in doing nothing," Castro tweeted. "This is a fight for our democracy."

4. Steve Cohen (Tenn.)

Cohen previously introduced articles of impeachment in the last session of Congress that accused Trump of obstructing justice. "I think he's committed impeachable offenses and he ought to be impeached," Cohen said this week.

5. David Cicilline (R.I.)

Cicilline, a member of Democratic leadership and the Judiciary Committee, called for starting an impeachment inquiry of McGahn didn't appear for the hearing.

"If Don McGahn does not testify tomorrow, it will be time to begin an impeachment inquiry of @realDonaldTrump," Cicilline tweeted on the eve of McGahn's absence from the Judiciary Committee hearing.

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6. Diana DeGette (Colo.)

"The facts laid out in the Mueller report, coupled with this administration's ongoing attempts to stonewall Congress, leave us no other choice: It is time for Congress to officially launch an impeachment inquiry against the President of the United States," DeGette tweeted.

7. Val Demings (Fla.)

Demings, a Judiciary Committee member, said last month after the Mueller report's release that "I think we have enough" to move forward with impeachment. "I think we have great evidence that the president has blatantly violated so many laws, it's just ridiculous," Demings said during a Democratic caucus conference call.

8. Veronica Escobar (Texas)

"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," tweeted Escobar, a Judiciary Committee member. "I believe we need to begin an impeachment inquiry."

9. 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!" Evans tweeted.

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10. Al Green (Texas)

Green has been a vocal supporter of impeachment since 2017. He forced two House floor votes on impeachment in 2017 and 2018 while Republicans held the majority and has threatened to force a third.

11. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.)

Ocasio-Cortez signed onto Tlaib's resolution after the Justice Department released a partially redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian election interference that laid out ten instances of Trump potentially obstructing justice.

"It is just as politicized a maneuver to not impeach in the face of overwhelming evidence as it is to impeach w/o cause," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on May 21. "Just as what happens in the House doesn't control Senate, what happens in the Senate shouldn't control the House."

12. Jared Huffman (Calif.)

"The Constitution created our impeachment authority for exactly this kind of circumstance. And it's really damaging to the country and to our institutions if we punt on something like this," Huffman told PBS Newshour after the Mueller report became public. Huffman is also a cosponsor of Tlaib's resolution.

13. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.)

"We are now at the point where we must begin an impeachment inquiry. I don't say that lightly. We've taken every step we can w/subpoenas and witnesses," tweeted Jayapal, a Judiciary Committee member and Progressive Caucus leader.

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14. Seth Moulton (Mass.)

The presidential candidate backs an impeachment investigation.

"I'm not calling for a vote on impeachment today. We don't have all the facts yet. But we should be getting those facts and making them transparent for the American people," Moulton told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell.

15. 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," Neguse, a Judiciary Committee member, tweeted after McGahn was a no-show.

16. Ilhan Omar (Minn.)

"We must begin impeachment proceedings and investigate if the president committed impeachable offenses," Omar tweeted after the Mueller report's release. She also cosponsored Tlaib's resolution.

17. 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," tweeted Pocan, a leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

18. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.)

Pressley is also a cosponsor of Tlaib's resolution. "There's a lack of moral fortitude and fitness to even be in this office," Pressley told Boston Public Radio. "I think what we have seen that is unredacted in this report relative to examples of obstruction of justice also gives us the legal grounds."

19. Jamie Raskin (Md.)

Raskin, a member of the Judiciary and Oversight committees, told The Washington Post that "the logic of an impeachment inquiry is pretty overwhelming at this point."

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20. Mary Gay Scanlon (Pa.)

"No one is above the law. The time has come to start an impeachment inquiry because the American people deserve to know the truth and to have the opportunity to judge the gravity of the evidence and charges leveled against the president," Scanlon, the Judiciary Committee vice chair, said in a statement after McGahn declined to show up for Tuesday's hearing.

21. Rep. Jackie Speier (Calif.)

"I believe that an inquiry into impeachment is required at this point in time," Speier, a member of the Oversight Committee, told CNN's "New Day."

22. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.)

In addition to her impeachment inquiry resolution, Tlaib drew attention on her first day as a member of Congress in January for pledging to a crowd of supporters that "we're going to impeach the motherf---er."

23. Filemon Vela (Texas)

Vela has signed onto Tlaib's resolution calling for an impeachment inquiry.

24. Maxine Waters (Calif.)

Waters was one of the first Democrats to call for Trump's impeachment. Waters told CNN in a recent interview that Trump has "done everything that one could even think of to be eligible for impeachment."

25. John Yarmuth (Ky.)

"I've been there a long time," Yarmuth told The Hill when confirming he supports launching an impeachment inquiry, noting he cosponsored an impeachment resolution in the last Congress when Republicans controlled the House.

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