In order to impeach Trump there are about 40 House Democrats, also around 90 percent of those on the House Judiciary Committee, according to a key Democrat on the judiciary panel who is one of the more aggressive advocates for impeachment.
During an interview with the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery,” Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., also pointed to a “a little bit of tension” this week there was a closed-door meeting at that time he told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., that President Trump was “raping the country” and should be impeached.
Cohen also said that “Speaking truth to power is one of the things that a good congressperson should do,”.Further more he added Pelosi — with whom he remains close — stuck to her guns and aggressively continue to oppose the move, effectively blocking the Judiciary Committee from opening up an impeachment inquiry despite the sentiment of the 23 Democrats who make up the panel’s majority.
More than 40 Democrats now favor impeachment which is higher than most other estimates. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., No. 5 in the House leadership, estimated earlier this week that pro-impeachment members numbered at only about 20 to 25 estimated Cohen. However Cohen’s higher estimate is still far short of a majority,and still hasn’t given up hope that Pelosi may come around — and has redrafted his own resolution to impeach that he may introduce shortly. “I guess she’s persuadable,” Cohen said about Pelosi. “You know, she’s a smart woman and … I just disagree with her perspective.”
There is tension and argument between Democrats like Cohen and Pelosi boiled over this week during closed-door meetings and since Trump stonewalls and refuses to allow key witnesses in the Russia investigation — such as former White House counsel Don McGahn — to testify. Those views are held most passionately by members who, like
Cohen, are on the House Judiciary Committee, the impeachment advocates argued that the House could no longer stand idly. Cohen said “People who get on the judiciary committees care passionately about the Constitution,” and also added that “Not to say that others don’t, but not as passionately as we do to make it our first choice. And we are charged with the responsibility of defending the Constitution. It probably is about 90 percent [of Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee] in favor of impeachment.” Pelosi, while on this week charged that Trump is involved in a “cover-up” and even suggested that family members and the Cabinet should stage “an intervention” after the president cut short a White House meeting about infrastructure because Democratic leaders have pursued investigations of him. Pelosi, on her part has strongly resisted opening an impeachment inquiry, arguing that the present strategy of investigating Trump and challenging his refusal tocomply with subpoenas through the courts was paying dividends. (Two federal judges this week ruled against Trump over his efforts to block subpoenas to turn over his banking and accounting records.)
Still Pelosi believes an actual vote to impeach is bad politics in portion because it seems ultimately doomed in a Senate that is solidly controlled by Republicans —
none of whom have signalled willingness to break with the president. In the House, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., is the only GOP lawmaker who supports impeachment. During the closed-door meeting on Thursday Pelosi even argued that Trump is goading the House into impeaching him, knowing he will be acquitted in the Senate and can then claim exoneration, according to the Washington Post. “He wants to be impeached so he can be exonerated,” Pelosi reportedly said. political calculus could change if the House as the 2020 elections get closer said Cohen especially if the House Judiciary Committee could hold televised hearings to educate the country about the contents of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. That could turn up the heat on several GOP senators who are up for re-election next year and are considered vulnerable.
“You’ve got Corey Gardner [of Colorado,] and you’ve got [Martha] McSally [of Arizona,] and you’ve got [Susan] Collins [of Maine,] and you’ve got a couple of others that could get beat because of this,” he said. “And that’s not the reason to bring
but its reality. Instead of saying, ‘Well, the Senate’s not going to convict him,’ let the senators do what they do and let them deal with it at the polls.
He still continues saying: “And I think the American public, after seeing the proof, … we’ll see that this is the most corrupt administration ever, and that they will not support a senator who didn’t support convicting him or impeaching him.”