Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA) became the 118 Democrat to support opening an impeachment investigation into Donald Trump.
Rep. Salud Carbajal of California became the 118th Democrat to publicly support the start of an impeachment inquiry in a statement on Friday, at least the 23rd lawmaker to do so since special counsel Robert Mueller testified on Capitol Hill last week.
“I’ve read the full Mueller Report, the president knew the rules and he broke them—he cannot be above the law,” Carbajal said in the statement. “That is why I believe it is time to open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.”
There has been a steady increase in the number of House Democrats who have announced they back an inquiry in the wake of Mueller’s hearings, including Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, a member of House Democratic leadership.
An Impeachment Investigation Is Not The Same As Impeaching Trump
There is already an impeachment inquiry going on in the House Judiciary Committee, where evidence is being collected to build the case for opening a full impeachment investigation. Part of what is happening is semantics. The next step in the process will be to launch an official impeachment investigation. The House Judiciary Committee will then recommend impeachment and draft articles of impeachment for the full House to vote on.
The impeachment process has already started. All Democrats can support opening an impeachment investigation, which is not the same as voting to impeach Trump. There still remains a disconnect between the number of Democrats who want an impeachment investigation and those who would vote to impeach Trump.
Impeachment remains an option that is off in the distance, but the official impeachment investigation is getting closer to becoming a reality by the day.
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