Pressure has been mounting on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as her Democratic colleagues continue to call for impeachment proceedings. Pelosi, however, continues to urge her party members to wait for investigations to conclude.
Clashing with several hardline House members, Pelosi and her allies continue to push back on impeachment. House leadership argues that the procedure could undermine ongoing investigations and take away from Democrats’ messaging on key political issues.
Arguments in Favor of Impeachment
Several members of Democratic leadership disagree with Pelosi’s stance, however.
Maryland Rep. and former law professor Jamie Raskin, for one, said he believed opening an impeachment inquiry would have a different effect.
Contrary to Pelosi’s take, Raskin suggested it would bolster the Democrats’ legal position and allow them to move forward.
The House Speaker sacked off the suggestion and asked if the many investigations into Trump should simply be shut down.
Supposed Lack of Support for Impeachment
Pelosi and several other top Democrats continue to argue that there’s lacking support for impeachment. However, she continues to face growing pressure when it comes to making a move against the president.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler even met privately with Pelosi to discuss impeachment. Granted, he now seems more sympathetic to her position.
“We have an active inquiry going, and we have to enforce the right to our testimony through the courts, which is the only way you can do it,” Nadler said. “And right now we’re having very good success with it.”
Reps. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Ted Lieu of California, and Steve Cohen of Tennessee are among those in favor of opening an impeachment inquiry.
Reps. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, Hakeem Jeffries of New York and Cheri Bustos of Illinois have all rejected the idea.