WASHINGTON—House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to be having problems keeping her caucus together as more Democrats call for the president to be impeached.
The two camps appear to be divided among those who serve on her leadership team, who believe that launching an impeachment inquiry could hurt Democrats politically in 2020, and Democrats who serve on the Judiciary Committee who have sent out multiple subpoenas of the administration only to be blocked by the White House.
The Hill is keeping an up to date whip list of Democrats who support impeachment against the president and as of this writing, twenty-five support the president’s impeachment.
“You want to tell Elijah Cummings to go home?”
“I agree with Speaker Pelosi that the case should be compelling the evidence must be overwhelming and the sentiment around impeachment should be bipartisan in nature,” Hakeem Jeffries, Democratic Caucus Chairman told reporters Monday night. “We’re still in the fact-gathering process including securing the un-redacted Muller report the underlying documentation and making sure that we hear from people like Muller.”
However, Rhode Island Democratic Rep. David Cicilline, a member of the Judiciary Committee tweeted Monday it was “appropriate” for Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry if Trump’s personal lawyer Don McGhan did not testify Tuesday.
If Don McGahn does not testify tomorrow, it will be time to begin an impeachment inquiry of @realDonaldTrump.
— David Cicilline (@davidcicilline) May 20, 2019
Cicilline, who also leads the Democrats messaging arm, doubled down on his tweet Tuesday morning when he appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Politico reported Tuesday that during their weekly caucus meeting Maryland Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin, a member of the Judiciary Committee, argued that launching an impeachment inquiry would help the caucus’s legal position and make it easier to advance their policy agenda.
Pelosi pushed back, though, and noted that such a strategy would mean all the other committees that have launched their own probes on the administration would have to end their investigations.
“You want to tell Elijah Cummings to go home?” Pelosi asked referencing the chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee.
THE PICKET LINE:
Sixteen Democrats now hold seats in districts Trump won in 2016. Eagle eyes will be on these Democrats if Pelosi allows an impeachment vote to be brought to the floor, and like the 2010 Obamacare vote she oversaw, Democrat seats will be at stake.