Who In The House Is Calling For Impeachment?

Jun 19, 2019
Originally published on July 5, 2019 12:22 pm

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Updated on July 5 at 12:09 p.m. ET

There are now five House Democrats who represent competitive districts who also publicly back an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

California Rep. Harley Rouda became the fifth on June 27. He is among the so-called "Frontline" Democrats -- 44 legislators whose districts are seen as key to holding on to the House in 2020, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has the most influential voice in the decision on whether to move forward, has repeatedly stated that she plans to focus on current congressional committee investigations into Trump before talking about an impeachment inquiry.

Currently, more than 80 Democrats and one unaffiliated lawmaker in the House of Representatives support beginning an impeachment inquiry into Trump for potential obstruction of justice. Some have stated outright that they support impeachment, others specify that they support an impeachment inquiry. Both of those positions are noted as "for impeachment" in the graphics.

Out of those dozens of Democrats, almost all share two important qualities: Their seats are safe in 2020, and they are not members of the House Democratic leadership team.

Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan became the only Republican to back launching an inquiry, and he has received criticism from constituents and the GOP for his decision. On July 4 he announced he declared his independence from the Republican party but did not declare an affiliation with another party.

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Among the House Democrats who are most influential in this process — key committee chairs investigating the president and his aides, top leaders and, of course, the speaker herself — only one has signaled she favors impeaching the president. Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., has been calling for impeachment since the early days of Trump's presidency; she wrote in a February 2017 tweet that her "greatest desire was to lead [Trump] right into impeachment."


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