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.
Why it matters: One summer phone call by President Trump is proving to be more of an impeachment catalyst for House Democrats than two years of drip-drip revelations from Robert Mueller's investigation. An overwhelming majority of House Democrats now support an impeachment inquiry against Trump.
The big picture: The total jumped after Trump hurled racist attacks against a group of congresswomen of color who had criticized his immigration policy. A major uptick emerged in the aftermath of Robert Mueller's late May statement, and again after the former special counsel's Capitol Hill testimony in July. The total was at 80 members as of June.
The bottom line: Pelosi has long wagered that impeachment would be fruitless without overwhelming public support.
- An NBC News/Wall Street Journal July poll found that only "21 percent of registered voters say that there is enough evidence for Congress to begin impeachment hearings now."