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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks during a weekly news conference. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images
The number of Democrats who have called for the House to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump continues to grow, with support swelling to an all-time high in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller's rare public statement last month.
The state of play: Nearly than 80 House Democrats — and a single House Republican — have publicly expressed support for opening an impeachment inquiry, according to an Axios count. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the one House Democrat who matters most, has continued to insist that impeaching Trump would be premature, especially without the support of the Republican-held Senate. Whether she will be able to maintain that stance as divisions grow within her caucus remains to be seen.
The lone Republican: Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.) became the first and only Republican in Congress to call for Trump's impeachment in May.
- Rep. Alma Adams (N.C.) wrote in a statement, "The President has demonstrated a clear disregard for the rule of law and he must be held accountable. Impeachment is not off the table. However, before we move forward the American people deserve all the facts. That is why I support an impeachment inquiry."
- Rep. Nanette Barragán (Calif.) said in June: "Given the Special Counsel's report, his statement last week and the President's ongoing efforts to block any oversight and investigation by Congress, I support an impeachment inquiry."
- Rep. Joyce Beatty (Ohio): in a statement wrote: "I support Congress continuing to use our oversight and investigative tools to get to the bottom of any wrongdoing. I ultimately believe this process will lead to an impeachment inquiry, which I would support for the people and to keep America great.”
- Rep. Don Beyer (Va.) told the Hill: "For me, the final two straws were Don McGahn refusing to appear and then Mnuchin writing us back saying he's not going to honor the subpoena on Trump's tax returns when the law is crystal clear."
- Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) has signed on to Rep. Rashida Tlaib's resolution to start impeachment proceedings against Trump.
- Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (Ore.) wrote in a statement that the House "must begin an impeachment inquiry."
- Rep. Brendan Boyle (Penn.) in a tweet, Boyle wrote "It’s time to officially start Impeachment Hearings."
- Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) told The News & Observer evidence "is sufficient in [his] opinion to support an impeachment inquiry and impeachment and removal."
- Rep. Tony Cárdenas (Calif.) said "Congress has no choice but to open an impeachment inquiry into President Trump."
- Rep. Sean Casten (Ill.) recently shared his support for opening an impeachment inquiry.
- Rep. Joaquin Castro (Tex.): "Obviously, all of us respect [Pelosi's] perspective and her opinion. But I think, individually, each of us have a perspective of our own. And I think it's time to start [impeachment]."
- Rep. David Cicilline (R.I.): "Let me be clear; if Don McGahn doesn't testify, it is time to open an impeachment inquiry." He doubled down on that stance in a tweet after McGahn failed to show up before the House Judiciary Committee last month.
- Rep. Yvette Clarke (N.Y.) tweeted in May: "We have to remove @realDonaldTrump from the White House as soon as possible. #Impeach45"
- Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) introduced articles of impeachment during the last session of Congress.
- Rep. Danny Davis (Ill.) said in a statement that he believes it is "time and imperative that the United States House of Representatives begin an impeachment inquiry."
- Rep. Madeleine Dean (Penn.) said to MSNBC that the House "must open an impeachment inquiry."
- Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.): "The facts laid out in the Mueller report, coupled with this administration’s ongoing attempts to stonewall Congress, leave us no other choice: It is time for Congress to officially launch an impeachment inquiry against the President of the United States."
- Rep. Val Demings (Fla.) said of Mueller's statement: "He's asking us to do what he wasn't allowed to — hold the president accountable."
- Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (Calif.) said in a statement that "Congress must do its job, which includes overriding the DOJ policy that protects the president under any circumstance, and beginning an impeachment inquiry."
- Rep. Lloyd Doggett (Tex.) confirmed in a statement to CNN on June 3 that he supports an impeachment inquiry.
- Rep. Veronica Escobar (Tex.) tweeted: "I personally feel like we cannot tolerate this level of obstruction, that if we do, then we have lowered the bar to the point where any criminal can be president of the United States and that should be unacceptable to all of us. I believe we need to begin an impeachment inquiry."
- Rep. Adriano Espaillat (N.Y.) tweeted: "We cannot slow down – the American people deserve the truth, and @realDonaldTrump deserves to be held accountable for his actions. #Impeach."
- Rep. Dwight Evans (Penn.) tweeted: "The heavily redacted #MuellerReport reveals and details repeated disturbing conduct by the president, & it shouldn't go unnoticed — an impeachment vote would begin the process and allow House Judiciary to have broader investigative availability, which is certainly warranted."
- Rep. Marcia Fudge (Ohio) has supported impeaching Trump since at least November 2017.
- Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia (Ill.) tweeted: "The President is not above the law. Our very democracy is at stake and it is time for Congress to follow the clear evidence of the #Mueller Report. The President obstructed justice repeatedly. #ImpeachmentinquiryNow."
- Rep. Jimmy Gomez (Calif.) tweeted: "I have voted TWICE to start debate on articles of impeachment. And I would do it again in a heartbeat."
- Rep. Al Green (Tex.) has forced two House floor votes on impeachment already.
- Rep. Raul Grijalva (Ariz.) tweeted: "President Trump is not exonerated, and his administration is deliberately misleading the American people about the findings of the Special Counsel. If this isn’t a reason for an #ImpeachmentInquiryNow, I don’t know what is."
- Rep. Brian Higgins (N.Y.) said an impeachment inquiry is "the best and quickest way to finish the investigation started by special prosecutor Robert Mueller," according to the Buffalo News.
- Rep. James Himes (Conn.) a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee — has formally backed impeachment proceedings to commence, per The Hill.
- Rep. Jared Huffman (Calif.) is a co-sponsor of Tlaib's impeachment resolution.
- Rep. Pramila Jayapal (Wash.) told Pod Save America she believes Congress is "now at the point where [it has] to start an impeachment inquiry."
- Rep. Joe Kennedy (Mass.) released a statement indicating: "I believe it is time for the House to begin impeachment proceedings."
- Rep. Daniel Kildee (Mich.) said on MSNBC that "we now have to have any impeachment inquiry."
- Rep. Brenda Lawrence (Mich.) recently said she had "no choice but to now request that this body proceed with the process of conducting an impeachment inquiry."
- Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) supported Tlaib's resolution for impeachment.
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Tex.) wrote on Twitter in May that she supports an investigation tied to Congress' impeachment powers.
- Rep. Andy Levin (Mich.) at the start of a town hall became the fourth member of the state's congressional delegation to endorse impeachment.
- Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.) in a CNN interview stated, "Democrats are not saying impeachment. What I'm saying and what some others are saying is an impeachment inquiry, which is we have to start these investigations to see if we should do impeachment."
- Rep. Alan Lowenthal (Calif.) tweeted after Mueller's statement that "the time has come to consider an impeachment inquiry."
- Rep. Tom Malinowski (N.J.) told NBC News in May that an inquiry "is warranted at this point given what appears to be across-the-board defiance of congressional oversight and the rule of law by the administration."
- Rep. Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.) in a statement wrote: "it is my inescapable conclusion that the House of Representatives must open an impeachment inquiry..."
- Rep. Betty McCollum (Minn.) wrote in a statement, "It is very clear that President Trump is engaging in a cover-up, obstructing of justice, and betraying his oath of office. I fully expect the responsible House committees to expedite their investigations and, as soon as possible, formally draft articles of impeachment."
- Rep. Jim McGovern (Mass.) told WBZ-TV, “What I’m inclined to is having the Judiciary Committee being an inquiry to formally look into whether or not impeachment is warranted."
- Rep. Gwen Moore (Wisc.) said in May: "I have long said that Trump should resign. Impeachment is not something that any of us take lightly, but we cannot shrink from our responsibilities either."
- Rep. Seth Moulton (Mass.), a 2020 candidate, said he supports an impeachment investigation.
- Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (Fla.) — a member of the House Judiciary Committee — has called for an impeachment inquiry into the president.
- Rep. Grace Napolitano (Calif.) is a co-sponsor of Tlaib's impeachment resolution, per the L.A. Times.
- Rep. Joe Neguse (Colo.) tweeted, "the findings detailed in the Special Counsel's report, and the Administration's pattern of wholesale obstruction of Congress since the report's release, make clear that it is time to open an impeachment inquiry."
- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) says it's "time to move forward" with impeachment proceedings.
- Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) tweeted: "We must begin impeachment proceedings and investigate if the president committed impeachable offenses."
- Rep. Scott Peters (Calif.) : tweeted: "And now we are assigned another solemn task by the Constitution and by current events. We need to begin impeachment hearings."
- Rep. Chellie Pingree (Maine) tweeted that "it is in the public interest that Congress continue its own investigations in the face of unprecedented obstruction and move toward an impeachment inquiry."
- Rep. Mark Pocan (Wisc.) tweeted: "Stonewalling Congress on witnesses and the unredacted Mueller report only enhances the President's appearance of guild, and as a result, he has pushed Congress to the point where we must start an impeachment inquiry."
- Rep. Katie Porter (Calif.) has said she would support opening an impeachment inquiry into President Trump, the New York Times reported.
- Rep. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.) is also a co-sponsor of Tlaib's impeachment resolution.
- Rep. Mike Quigley (Ill.) told MSNBC in May that he is calling for an impeachment proceeding.
- Rep. Jamie Raskin (Md.) told the Washington Post that "the logic of an impeachment inquiry is pretty overwhelming at this point."
- Rep. Kathleen Rice (N.Y.) tweeted in May that Congress has a "moral obligation" to start an impeachment proceeding.
- Rep. Cedric Richmond (La.) confirmed to CNN in May that he supports an inquiry.
- Rep. Bobby Rush (Ill.) told CNN in a statement in May that he believes Trump should be impeachment.
- Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio), a 2020 presidential candidate, called for impeachment proceedings against Trump at a CNN town hall in June.
- Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (Pa.): "No one is above the rule of law. The time has come to start an impeachment inquiry because the American people deserve to know the truth and to have the opportunity to judge the gravity of the evidence and charges leveled against the President."
- Rep. Janice Schakowsky (Ill.) announced that "the House of Representatives should begin an impeachment inquiry, officially, because President Trump certainly has committed all kinds of offenses that meet the standard of impeachment, high crimes and misdemeanors."
- Rep. Brad Sherman (Calif.) signed an impeachment resolution in 2017, and in a statement indicated that "Trump's campaign was eager to receive assistance from Russia."
- Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.): said he believes it's time to begin an impeachment inquiry.
- Rep. Jackie Speier (Calif.) said: "I believe an inquiry into impeachment is required at this point in time."
- Rep. Greg Stanton (Arizona) wrote in a statement that "It is time for the House of Representatives to move to the next stages of holding the President accountable, including the extraordinary step of opening an impeachment inquiry."
- Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.) said he backs impeachment after Trump's comments about accepting help from a foreign power: "His relentless attacks on our rule of law and numerous efforts to obstruct justice and Congress have reached such a point to require extraordinary action."
- Rep. Bennie Thompson (Miss.), chair of the Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement after Mueller spoke that he supports impeachment.
- Rep. Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) submitted an impeachment resolution to launch an investigation.
- Rep. Paul Tonko (N.Y.) wrote in a Twitter thread five days after Mueller's statement that he supports an impeachment inquiry.
- Rep. Norma Torres (Calif.) told the Washington Post that the Mueller report convinced her that Trump should be impeached.
- Rep. Juan Vargas (Calif.) told NBC San Diego in April that Trump should be impeached.
- Rep. Filemon Vela (Texas) has signed onto Tlaib's impeachment resolution.
- Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (N.Y.) in a statement said: "Today, given the facts available, I believe an impeachment inquiry is the only path forward."
- Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) was one of the first Democrats to call for impeachment.
- Rep. John Yarmuth (Ky.) "renewed" his call to impeach Trump after Mueller's statement in May.