Jul 17, 2019

About 40% of House Dems broke rank on impeachment vote

Trump talks to reporters on July 17. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

95 Democrats broke rank in a Wednesday House vote on Rep. Al Green's push to impeach President Trump for his recent racist tweets against 4 congresswomen of color.

The big picture: This vote to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump was expected to fail. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made her anti-impeachment stance clear. House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y) voted to keep Green's impeachment resolution, instead of killing it — because he "supports following proper [procedure] referring the resolution to the Judiciary Committee," CNN's Manu Raju reports.

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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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Democrats seek Mueller's grand jury material, sidestepping impeachment debate

Jerry Nadler and Democrats on House Judiciary Committee Friday, July 26. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call

House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler said at a Friday press briefing that his committee is petitioning for Robert Mueller's grand jury material, including testimony from former White House counsel Donald McGahn.

What it means: Nadler said his committee is “in effect” carrying out an impeachment inquiry, "but stressed that it differs from that because other outcomes are possible," per the Washington Post. Nadler is "attempting to sidestep a debate raging inside his party over whether the House should hold a vote to formally declare that it is opening an impeachment inquiry," the NYT reports.

Go deeperArrowJul 26, 2019

Nadler: "We have impeachment resolutions before the committee"

House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) declined to explicitly say on ABC's "This Week" whether Democrats are pursuing an official impeachment inquiry, but repeated to George Stephanopoulos what he wrote in a court filing last week: "We have impeachment resolutions before the committee."

Go deeperArrowJul 28, 2019