A senior lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sunday rejected the notion that Democrats must decide whether to pursue the impeachment of Republican President Donald Trump before the 2020 election season shifts into high gear.
Pingree called the report from Robert Mueller, the special counsel who investigated alleged ties between Russian Federation and the 2016 Trump campaign, "a turning point" that convinced her the time had come to begin an impeachment inquiry.
In a legal maneuver that carries significant political overtones, the committee told a judge that it needs access to the grand jury evidence collected by Mr. Mueller as special counsel - such as witness testimony - because it is "investigating whether to recommend articles of impeachment" against the president.
Twenty-seven percent said they were "more likely" to support impeachment, but 26 percent said they were "less likely".
On Friday, House Democrats took a significant step toward opening an impeachment inquiry as the Judiciary Committee asked a federal court to force the release of grand jury information from Mueller's investigation.
With some Democrats warning that the window for impeachment was closing with the approach of elections, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler was asked if he thought there was a deadline. The committee is moving toward impeachment proceedings-or, perhaps, has already begun them-with the same confusion that characterizes Pelosi's opposition to it. "We are conducting investigations to determine whether we should report those impeachment resolutions to the House or whether we should draft our own and report them to the House", said the New York Democrat.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has so far resisted calls for an inquiry, saying the issue could be too divisive for the country.
Suzan DelBene, DennyHeck, Derek Kilmer and Kim Schrier - also came out in support of launching impeachment inquiries on Sunday, which brings the total number of Democratic lawmakers who have indicated they will vote in favor to 104, 14 shy of a majority of all House Democrats.
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Adam Schiff, chair of the intelligence committee, said that "for the purposes of the law and constitution, where we are now is most accurately described as preliminary to a judicial proceeding".
Many said that was yet another racist attack by the president.
"We have to do this, whatever time frame there is and we're doing it now".
Meanwhile, President Trump is maintaining that he was exonerated by the Mueller report and that there was no collusion. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) explained his committee is "investigating whether to approve articles of Impeachment before the committee".
Steube was one of the Republicans who questioned Mueller during his hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.
"Anyone else who had done what he did would have been indicted on a charge of at least five different major crimes", Nadler said.
"I think it was very important that he testified", Nadler told ABC's This Week, "because he ... broke the lie that the president and the attorney general have been saying to the American people".