At least 32 members of the House have publicly called for the launch of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, based on his refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas and his obstruction of justice.
The impeachment inquiry still faces resistance from the Democratic Party leaders who control the 435-member chamber. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is cautioning that opening the inquiry prove “divisive” and is something Trump desires as a potential political benefit to him.
But as the president’s intransigence toward Congress has intensified, support for an inquiry is growing. The number of lawmakers calling for an inquiry has more than doubled in the past week ― 18 of the 32 lawmakers calling for a start of the impeachment process have done so since May 18.
The ranks of these lawmakers consist of 31 Democrats and one Republican. They include eight Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee ― one-third of the party members on the panel.
Just two senators ― Democrats Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California ― publicly back an impeachment inquiry. And no signs have surfaced that if articles of impeachment passed the House on the required majority vote, the effort would come anywhere close to the two-thirds Senate vote needed to remove Trump from office.
An impeachment inquiry would centralize Congress’ investigation into whether Trump committed impeachable offenses in the House Judiciary Committee. The committee would then subpoena documents and testimony and hold hearings on any potential line of inquiry that could relate to an impeachable offense.
The inquiry could dig into the 10 episodes of potential obstruction of justice outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, Trump’s president’s stonewalling of the congressional effort to dig deeper into Mueller’s probe, or other areas like payments made by foreign governments to the president’s business in...