Sep 24, 2019

Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis endorses impeachment proceedings

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Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) on Tuesday endorsed launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump while speaking on the floor of the House.

"The future of our democracy is at stake. I truly believe the time to begin impeachment proceedings against this president has come. To do otherwise would betray the foundations of our democracy."

Why it matters: Lewis is a civil rights icon who has been called "the conscience of the House." He was one of the most influential members to resist endorsing impeachment, and his announcement on Tuesday is likely to open the floodgates for members of the Congressional Black Caucus and other holdouts.

  • After finishing his speech, Lewis reportedly told Politico's Andrew Desiderio that Speaker Nancy Pelosi was aware that his announcement was coming. Pelosi is holding a Democratic caucus meeting on the topic of impeachment later on Tuesday.

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Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer at a press conference Sept. 9. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told friends that impeachment now feels unavoidable, according to someone who discussed it with her last night. She hates the politics of it, but has succumbed to the inevitability, the source says.

The bottom line: Trump’s decision to release the transcript of a call with the Ukrainian president doesn’t appear to have stopped Democrats’ march toward impeachment.

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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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