The push for a Trump impeachment inquiry is getting close to the tipping point

The push for a Trump impeachment inquiry is getting close to the tipping point
NBC News

The number of House Democrats who’ve come out in favor of an impeachment inquiry continues to rise after former special counsel Robert Mueller’s House testimony last week. Days ago, the number was 106—and that represented a sharp climb. As of Wednesday, 114 House Democrats support at least opening an impeachment inquiry.

The additions to the list include two members who defeated incumbent Republicans in 2018: Rep. Jennifer Wexton of Virginia and Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado.

“I did not run for office with the purpose of impeaching the president, but I did take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution,” Wexton tweeted. “After much deliberation, it is time for the House of Representatives to assert our constitutional responsibility and begin an impeachment inquiry.”

In a Medium post highlighting his military service, Crow wrote that “I didn’t run for office because I dislike Donald Trump. I ran because I love our country,” continuing, “It’s that same pride in our democracy and respect for our Constitution that fuels my support for an impeachment inquiry.”

Why? “To this day the President prevents key witnesses from testifying before Congress, wrongly asserts executive privilege to dodge subpoenas, and attempts to skirt court rulings. If Congress doesn’t stand up to these abuses, then our system of checks and balances will have failed. It’s clear that we must respond with the full weight of Congress.”

In addition to Wexton and Crow, Reps. José Serrano, Donald Payne Jr., Grace Meng, Eliot Engel, and Judy Chu have declared their support for an impeachment inquiry. It’s getting close to the key tipping point of half of the Democrats in the House.


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