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4th-ranking House Democrat comes out in favor of impeachment inquiry

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

Driving the news: Assistant Speaker Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) came out in favor of an impeachment inquiry on Monday. He is the highest-ranking Democrat in the House to do so thus far, ranking 4th behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.)

Pelosi rules out U.K. trade deal if Brexit creates hard border with Ireland

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Nancy Pelosi speaks at a reception hosted by Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the State Apartments in Dublin Castle. Photo: Iain White/Pool/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday that there is "no chance" of a U.S.-U.K. trade deal passing Congress if Brexit violates the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, which helped bring peace to Northern Ireland in 1998 by creating a seamless Irish border.

The big picture: Pelosi's statement is in response to comments made by national security adviser John Bolton, who said this week that the Trump administration enthusiastically supports a no-deal Brexit and that the U.K. is "first in line" for a trade deal with the U.S. If Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes the U.K. out of the EU without a deal on Oct. 31, as is the legal default, customs checkpoints would theoretically need to be erected along the Irish border — risking a flareup of sectarian violence.