Nancy Pelosi is trying to hold off a Democrat stampede on impeachment.
Speaker Pelosi knows that it’s a politically disastrous path that will only serve to boost Donald Trump’s re-election chances.
But now, Nancy Pelosi got the last news she ever expected about impeaching President Trump.
Robert Mueller’s disastrous testimony before Congress was thought to destroy any remaining chance of impeachment.
Instead, a batch of Democrat lawmakers came out over the weekend in favor of impeachment.
That means nearly half of all Democrats in the House now support impeachment.
Four more rank-and-file Democrats called for opening an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Sunday, inching lawmakers closer to a significant symbolic milestone: a majority of all House Democrats.
Though the steadily climbing total may not move Speaker Nancy Pelosi off of her resistance to opening a formal impeachment inquiry, Sunday’s burst of support suggests momentum behind the effort is growing and accelerating. More than a dozen Democrats — including Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), a member of Pelosi’s leadership team — have newly signaled their support since former special counsel Robert Mueller testified to Congress on Wednesday.
The four who issued their support on Sunday, all from Washington state, bring the total number of House Democrats who have publicly said they’d vote for an impeachment inquiry to 107 — 11 shy of a majority of the Democratic Caucus — with backers of an inquiry promising there are more waiting in the wings.
The lawmakers received a significant endorsement a short time later from Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, the third highest-ranking Democrat in the Senate and a close ally of Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Murray said in a statement that “as we have learned more about the gravity of the potential threats to our democracy identified in Special Counsel Mueller’s report, it has become clear the House should begin proceedings to determine whether the President’s actions necessitate impeachment.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler also supports an impeachment inquiry.
And if a critical mass of House Democrats supports impeachment, Nadler can steamroll Pelosi and try remove Trump from office.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.