Will House Democrats launch an impeachment inquiry against Trump?
Several House of Representatives' Democrats asked Nancy Pelosi to launch an impeachment inquiry against president Trump on a democratic leadership meeting on Monday.
During a weekly Democratic leadership meeting in Pelosi's office on Capitol Hill, Reps. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Joe Neguse, D-Colo., all argued for launching an impeachment inquiry if former White House counsel Don McGahn failed to testify at a planned hearing Tuesday before the Judiciary Committee, which has the power to initiate impeachment proceedings. McGahn's legal team said Monday evening that he would not appear because Trump instructed him not to comply with the panel's subpoena.
An impeachment inquiry, Cicilline said, could be used as a tool to force the Trump administration to comply with subpoenas for certain witnesses to testify or to provide requested documents.
Raskin, a former constitutional law professor at American University, said that he supports opening an impeachment inquiry so that Democrats could gain access to information they're seeking in their investigations, an argument that other Democrats including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., have recently made. Raskin said, however, that he was not in favour of impeachment.
Impeachment was also raised at a separate weekly meeting Monday evening among Democratic leaders and committee chairs, including by Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., another member of the Judiciary Committee.