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.
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D’Alesandro PelosiThe Hill’s Morning Report – White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE (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
Here’s a tally of which lawmakers have endorsed launching an impeachment inquiry of President Trump
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.
2. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerTop House Dem calls to launch impeachment inquiry if McGahn skips testimony Hillicon Valley: Trump signs order to protect US networks from Chinese tech | Huawei downplays order | Trump declines to join effort against online extremism | Facebook restricts livestreaming | FCC proposes new tool against robocalls Hoyer defends Tlaib Holocaust remarks after criticism from GOP MORE (Ore.)
Blumenauer signed on to Tlaib’s resolution.
3. Joaquin CastroJoaquin Castro Dems brush off unemployment rate, say Hispanics will reject Trump in 2020 Lawmakers renew push to create American Latino Smithsonian museum Joaquin Castro won’t run for Senate in Texas MORE (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 CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenDems probe DOJ’s handling of civil rights violations by law enforcement Pelosi defends working with Trump on infrastructure plan John Oliver rips Dem lawmaker’s ‘pathetic’ KFC chicken stunt at Barr hearing MORE (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 CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineThe Hill’s Morning Report – White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget Top House Dem calls to launch impeachment inquiry if McGahn skips testimony FCC Republicans give green light to T-Mobile-Sprint merger MORE (R.I.)
Cicilline, a member of Democratic leadership and the Judiciary Committee, called for starting an impeachment inquiry if 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.
6. Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGetteOvernight Energy: Dems press Interior chief to embrace climate action | Lawmakers at odds on how to regulate chemicals in water | Warren releases climate plan for military Interior chief dismisses climate concerns in first Natural Resources hearing: ‘I haven’t lost any sleep over it’ A new age for tobacco — raising the age to 21 is a smart move MORE (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.
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 EscobarVeronica EscobarOvernight Energy: Dems press Interior chief to embrace climate action | Lawmakers at odds on how to regulate chemicals in water | Warren releases climate plan for military Warren releases plan to tackle climate change threats to military Top Dem money man puts muscle behind Latino mobilization MORE (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.”
10. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenTop House Dem calls to launch impeachment inquiry if McGahn skips testimony Tlaib blasts arrests of pro-impeachment protesters on Capitol Hill The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition – Deadline approaches for 2020 Dems MORE (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-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSteve Bullock puts Citizens United decision at center of presidential push Fix the climate with smaller families Dem Sen. Markey faces potential primary challenge in Massachusetts MORE (N.Y.)
Ocasio-Cortez signed onto Tlaib’s resolution after the Justice Department released a partially redacted version of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE‘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 HuffmanJared William HuffmanOvernight Energy: Dems dismiss Interior chief’s work calendars as ‘fake’ | Buttigieg climate plan includes carbon tax | Poll finds growing number say climate is crucial 2020 issue Dem criticizes newest calendars for Trump Interior chief as ‘fake’ Human rights bill on ANWR ignores humans and their rights MORE (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 JayapalPramila JayapalDem rep: You can’t be a Democrat if you don’t support abortion, LGBTQ rights Dems eye big infrastructure package, with or without Trump Dems struggle to make Trump bend on probes MORE (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.
14. Seth MoultonSeth Wilbur MoultonThe Hill’s Morning Report – White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget CNN announces four more town halls featuring 2020 Dems De Blasio pitches himself as tough New Yorker who can take on ‘Don the con’ MORE (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 NeguseJoseph (Joe) NeguseWarren, Nadler introduce bill to allow student loan borrowers bankruptcy relief The gap in Sen. Gardner’s environmental record Ocasio-Cortez unveils Green New Deal climate resolution MORE (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 OmarIlhan OmarJohn Oliver torches Meghan McCain over Seth Meyers dust-up ‘SNL’ mocks Jeanine Pirro’s support of Trump: ‘He is the Michael Jordan of presidents’ Omar introduces bill sanctioning Brunei over anti-homosexuality law MORE (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 PocanMark William PocanDems walk Trump trade tightrope Hoyer defends Tlaib Holocaust remarks after criticism from GOP Delta Airlines slammed for poster suggesting employees buy video games instead of paying union dues MORE (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 PressleyAyanna PressleyDem Sen. Markey faces potential primary challenge in Massachusetts Tlaib blasts arrests of pro-impeachment protesters on Capitol Hill Let’s vow that no mom should die giving life MORE (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 RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinThe Hill’s Morning Report – White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget Dems plan 12-hour marathon Mueller report reading at Capitol Dems warn of ‘constitutional crisis’ but wary of impeachment MORE (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.”
20. Mary Gay ScanlonMary Gay ScanlonMueller mystery: Will he ever testify to Congress? John Cusack calls for Trump’s impeachment in Capitol Hill visit Dems to read aloud redacted Mueller report MORE (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 SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierGOP senator announces bill to block companies from tracking online activity Mueller mystery: Will he ever testify to Congress? The Hill’s Morning Report — Dem ire at Barr intensifies MORE (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 VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaBorder Dems introduce bill to process refugee claims in Central America How Pelosi is punishing some critics while rewarding others New Dem caucus chairman: Some wall is good, but not new wall MORE (Texas)
Vela has signed onto Tlaib’s resolution calling for an impeachment inquiry.
24. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Maxine Waters: Trump ‘has done everything that one could even think of to be eligible for impeachment’ Maxine Waters: Parts of Trump immigration plan are ‘very racist’ MORE (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 YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthBudget chairs pick former Bush official to head CBO Dem leaders feel squeeze on Trump strategy Dems say NYT report on Trump’s business losses boosts need to see president’s tax returns MORE (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.