House Speaker Pelosi Under Pressure From Democrats Over Impeachment

Several Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are putting pressure on Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. to move forward with an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

During a weekly Democratic leadership meeting in Pelosi’s office on Capitol Hill, Reps. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Joe Neguse, D-Colo., all argued for launching an impeachment inquiry if former White House counsel Don McGahn failed to testify at a planned hearing Tuesday before the Judiciary Committee, which has the power to initiate impeachment proceedings. McGahn’s legal team said Monday evening that he would not appear because Trump instructed him not to comply with the panel’s subpoena.

An impeachment inquiry, Cicilline said, could be used as a tool to force the Trump administration to comply with subpoenas for certain witnesses to testify or to provide requested documents. Impeachment was also raised at a separate weekly meeting among Democratic leaders and committee chairs, including by Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., another member of the Judiciary Committee.

Pelosi clashing with Democratic leadership over impeachment: Sources


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