Sep 24, 2019

No. 2 Senate Democrat announces support for impeachment proceedings

Sen. Dick Durbin. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told a group of reporters on Tuesday that he supports impeachment proceedings in the House amid allegations of President Trump pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, NBC News reports.

“I think this may be the straw that broke the camel’s back. There’s so much cumulative evidence here and many of us have wondered if this would ever see the light of day in an impeachment inquiry, but I think now we have to move forward.”

Why it matters: Durbin is the 2nd highest-ranking in the House. His comments come as scores of House Democrats suddenly announced their support for impeachment if the claims surrounding Trump and Ukraine prove to be true.

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How an impeachment inquiry works

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) on September 19, 2019. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that the House will open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump, in the aftermath of reports that he pressured Ukraine's president to investigate political rival Joe Biden.

The big picture: After months of what House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler described as "formal impeachment proceedings" — or months of subpoenas and committee investigations — House Democrats are officially taking the plunge.

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Nancy Pelosi announces formal Trump impeachment inquiry

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Tuesday that the House will open a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

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The impeachment whip list

Graphic: Axios Visuals

224 House Democrats and 1 independent publicly support launching an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, according to an Axios analysis.

Driving the news: Allegations that Trump may have pressured Ukraine's president to investigate Joe Biden have unleashed a new wave of calls to impeach Trump. The Senate and House Intelligence Committees received the whistleblower complaint Wednesday, and House Democrats told reporters they were "disturbed" upon reviewing it.

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