(September 13, 2019 / JNS) Of the 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 134 have said that they are for an impeachment inquiry of U.S. President Donald Trump as they accuse him of misconduct in office, citing the Mueller report, which did not conclude whether or not the president obstructed justice, and other examples.
An impeachment inquiry is an investigation to determine whether articles of impeachment should be filed and voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Of those 134, 133 are Democrats, and one is a Republican-turned-Independent (Michigan Rep. Justin Amash).
Here’s where the 25 Jewish Democrats in the lower chamber—where the president is impeached by a simple majority followed by a trial and a required two-thirds majority of senators present to remove the president from office—stand on launching an impeachment inquiry, as it is safe to assume that Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) and David Kustoff (R-Tenn.) would not support that move.
In favor (from latest to earliest)
Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), Aug. 29, 2019: “After months of relentless stonewalling by the Trump administration, I believe it is necessary to elevate the various congressional investigations of the president to a formal impeachment inquiry as the only way to ensure the American people have a comprehensive understanding of the facts uncovered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and hold the president accountable for his actions.”
Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Aug. 1, 2019: “Although Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony may not have been a summer blockbuster, it confirmed the damning conclusions of his report. The investigation revealed substantial evidence that President Trump obstructed justice. And that the Special Counsel did not exonerate him. President Trump claimed victory. He 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.”
Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), July 31, 2019: “The House Judiciary Committee should move forward with an impeachment inquiry. I will continue to strongly support the important efforts of Democrats on the House Judiciary, Intelligence, Oversight, and other committees who are working to hold President Trump accountable to the American people and believe an impeachment inquiry will strengthen our hand in uncovering the truth. As chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, I will also continue to work to ensure effective oversight of this administration.”
Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), July 30, 2019: “The American people want, and deserve, the truth. Mr. Mueller’s testimony provided ample evidence that the president committed obstruction of justice, and I believe the House must pursue a formal impeachment inquiry.”
Kim Schrier (D-Wash.), July 28, 2019: “The American people deserve to know what transpired and to what extent our president is acting against the best interests of our nation. Russia is meddling, and this poses immediate danger. I have come to believe that stepping these congressional investigations up to the level of an impeachment inquiry will be required to get timely access to the information we need for our national security and national conscience.”
Mike Levin (D-Calif.), July 26, 2019: “I cannot ignore the dysfunction, corruption, and abuse of democracy that we witness every day from President Trump. We have the serious crimes revealed in the Mueller Report including multiple examples of obstruction of justice. We have the president’s encouragement of foreign interference with our elections. We have witnessed his contempt for democratic norms and institutions, including his repeated failure to respond to legitimate requests for documents and information making it impossible for Congress to exercise its constitutionally mandated oversight responsibilities. As a result, I feel we can no longer wait. I must now support an impeachment inquiry in order to get to the truth for my constituents.”
Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), June 19, 2019: “I am announcing that I believe that the House of Representatives should begin an impeachment inquiry officially. Because President Trump certainly has committed all kinds of offenses that meet the standard of impeachment, high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Andy Levin (D-Mich.), June 15, 2019: “When I became a member of the 116th Congress, I took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Today, I announce that I have concluded that the House has a duty to open an impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Donald J. Trump. … After extensive discussion with colleagues on the committees of jurisdiction over various investigations, I have concluded that the only way to get to the bottom of Mr. Trump’s activities and inform the public about what we learn is to centralize and expedite the process through one select committee with the focus, power and urgency that come with an impeachment inquiry.”
Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), May 30, 2019: “Special Counsel Mueller’s statement yesterday highlighted what was clear in his report. Our democracy was attacked by a foreign power, and there is evidence that the president obstructed justice. Congress must hold him accountable. I believe the time has come to consider an impeachment inquiry.”
Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), May 21, 2019: “I think that overwhelming evidence has been presented to us in the Mueller report, and outside of it, too, of high crimes and misdemeanors, and we should launch an impeachment inquiry. Remember, an inquiry doesn’t prejudge the outcome. We’re not talking about articles of impeachment.”
David Cicilline (D-R.I.), May 21, 2019: “If [former White House Counsel] Don McGahn does not testify tomorrow, it will be time to begin an impeachment inquiry of [Trump].”
John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), March 12, 2019: “I think we are essentially in the beginning of an impeachment process. … I don’t think right now there’s any way that we could get 218 votes on the floor of the House for an impeachment resolution, but I think that’s not a matter of whether, it’s a matter of when.” (Reiterated his call for impeachment on May 29.)
Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.): Introduced articles of impeachment on Nov. 15, 2017.
Brad Sherman (D-Calif.): Introduced articles of impeachment on July 12, 2017.
Undecided or Not now
Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.): The House Judiciary Committee, which Nadler is the chairman of, passed a resolution on Thursday outlining guidelines for an impeachment investigation. However, Nadler has been unclear about his stance on the issue of impeachment or an impeachment inquiry.
Susan Davis (D-Calif.): “We must go where the facts lead and our democratic principles demand,” reported The New York Times.
Lois Frankel (D-Fla.): In April, she told CNN that she wants to let the congressional investigations of Trump and his administration take their course.
Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.): In a recent statement, he said, “I am supportive of the nearly 30 investigations currently taking place into these issues, especially those that are looking into foreign meddling in our elections and any coordination that might have taken place from within our own country. A lot of information is coming out from these investigations. I’ve voted to increase election security and protect our voting systems from foreign interference, and I urge Sen. [Mitch] McConnell to do the same. As we continue addressing these critical matters, I’m also going to continue to focus on other pressing issues in my district, including lowering taxes, reinstating SALT, fixing our infrastructure, supporting our vets and first responders, and getting health-care costs down.”
Elaine Luria (D-Va.): Told JNS on Thursday, “We need to have all of the facts before we consider impeaching the president. I support the important work being done by the appropriate committees in the House.”
Dean Phillips (D-Minn.): In June, he told constituents, “I’m appalled by the behavior of the United States president. I understand my constitutional responsibility and the oath I took, and I do have some red lines that if crossed even during those (next) six weeks I will have no choice but to change my current position.”
Max Rose (D-N.Y.): In May, he warned that if Democrats impeach, “then they should warm to the idea of going back to the minority. … Right now we’re in this incredibly childish game of impeachment chicken, and everyone has to start acting like adults. … The president needs to listen to Congress. Congress needs to act responsibly—I believe that for the most part it is—and then let’s go back to actually doing the work of the American people that they sent us here to do.”
On Thursday, he wrote on SILive.com, “There is no doubt that this Administration is one of the most corrupt in history. … But pursuing a partisan impeachment process won’t address any of those serious issues. The truth is impeachment will only tear our country further apart and we will see no progress on the enormous challenges we face as a nation. Impeachment will not fix our roads and bridges or lower the costs of drugs. Impeachment will not keep our kids safe from gun violence or end the opioid epidemic. Impeachment will not improve the lives of the hardworking Staten Islanders and South Brooklynites that I fight for every day.”
Adam Schiff (D-Calif.): The House Intelligence Committee chairman told CNN that Democrats should “make the case to the country that this President’s conduct is so incompatible with the office” that impeachment is justified.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.): In May, she said that “I am at a point where I am maybe, probably, a little bit further [toward an inquiry] than I was before.”
Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.): In August, she told constituents, “I’m open to where this goes. But I think that it is important that we do it in a way that communicates clearly what we are intending. And we do it in a way that doesn’t forget about the other part of our job, which is to legislate.”
Susan Wild (D-Pa.): At a townhall with constituents in August, she said, “You don’t want to try a case where the facts are not all lined up and you’re ready with all of your evidence that you’re going to introduce. I don’t believe we are there at this point in time, and that’s why I have not come out to say that I think that we should be moving forward with impeachment.”
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