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Majority Of House Democrats Now Support Impeachment

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said thus far she will not initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump — but that might soon change as now, a majority of House Democrats say they would vote to proceed with the impeachment inquiry.

The halfway mark was passed — 118 out of 235 voting members support initiating — on Thursday when Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida announced his support.

“[Trump] seems to think that Mueller’s performance wasn’t enough to trigger an impeachment inquiry. Sorry, Mr. President, the question is no longer whether the House should vote to proceed with a formal impeachment inquiry. The inquiry has already begun,” Deutch wrote in an op-ed in the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

“The remedies for presidential misconduct, including impeachment, are in Congress’s hands. Now that we have Special Counsel Mueller’s report and testimony, it is time for the witnesses of the President’s wrongdoing to appear before the committee as part of our ongoing investigation.”

Aside from Deutch, other recent additions to the growing list of those backing initiating proceedings include Reps. Mike Levin of California, Jason Crow of Colorado, Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, and Jennifer Wexton of Virginia.

Besides being motivated by Mueller’s testimony, according to Politico, “Trumps continued attacks on black lawmakers, particularly Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), has ratcheted up the fervor for supporters of impeachment as well.”

“Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), who forced a July 17 vote on a measure to impeach the president because of his racist comments about four freshman lawmakers of color, said simply condemning the president has proved ineffective.”

Speaker Pelosi has long affirmed that the House should not launch an impeachment inquiry until they receive information that could help such an effort.

“My position has always been whatever decisions we make in that regard would have to be done with our strongest possible hand,” Pelosi said after Mueller’s testimony.

Additionally, Pelosi worries that a successful impeachment in the House might lead to an acquittal in the Senate, which would empower Trump in his 2020 reelection campaign.

However, if more Democrats continue to announce their support in initiating impeachment proceedings, Pelosi may need to rethink her position.