29, July 2019
Five lawmakers hailing from Washington state have joined the long list of legislators pressing for an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
The Hill carried the report on Sunday, identifying the quintet as Derek Kilmer, Kim Schrier, Suzan DelBene, and Denny Heck from the House as well as Patty Murray from the Senate.
The representatives all cited a report compiled by former special counsel Robert Mueller on accusations of collaboration between Trump’s election campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election that was won by Trump.
Mueller testified to Congress on Wednesday. He said he would not exonerate Trump from allegation of obstructing justice in the case, although the report failed to directly blame the head of state for such wrongdoing during his electioneering.
Trump touted the hearings as a success, declaring the “phony cloud” cast by the investigation had been lifted and insisted “there was no defense to this ridiculous hoax, this witchhunt.”
The foursome’s support for the impeachment probe brings the total number of House Democrats calling for the proceedings to 103, just 15 shy of a majority of the House Democratic Caucus.
Murray, meanwhile, said in his statement, “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.”
Also on Sunday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, conveyed his verbal support for Trump’s impeachment, but withheld an official endorsement.
“My personal view is that [Trump] richly deserves impeachment. He has done many impeachable offenses,” Nadler said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”