Congressman John Yarmuth (D-Kentucky) is joining other House Democrats in calling for impeachment proceedings to begin against President Trump.
Following a closed-door meeting between senior House Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California), Rep. Yarmuth told reporters, “I think it’s time” to begin the impeachment process. Yarmuth — the chair of the House Budget Committee — saying he supports impeaching Trump suggests that some of the highest-ranking House Democrats are joining calls by younger members, like Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) to begin the process of impeachment.
One potential tactic to begin impeachment could come from Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas), who has announced plans to roll out a “resolution of investigation” that could eventually lead to impeachment. It’s not known what the language of the resolution would say, or whether or not the justification for investigating possible impeachment stems from the Mueller report or from other violations, like those Rep. Tlaib laid out in January.
“We already have overwhelming evidence that the president has committed impeachable offenses,” Tlaib wrote in a USA Today op-ed. Some of that evidence includes “obstructing justice; violating the emoluments clause; abusing the pardon power; directing or seeking to direct law enforcement to prosecute political adversaries for improper purposes; advocating illegal violence and undermining equal protection of the laws; ordering the cruel and unconstitutional imprisonment of children and their families at the southern border; and conspiring to illegally influence the 2016 election through a series of hush money payments.”
And as Grit Post has previously reported, even Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano argued that the Mueller report shows multiple instances of actions in which President Trump allegedly obstructed justice. Just last week, it was revealed that when former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn cooperated with the Mueller probe, he provided multiple instances of the White House attempting to influence Flynn’s testimony. This could also be viewed as obstruction of justice.
For her part, Speaker Pelosi has said that impeaching Trump would be a futile exercise, arguing that the Republican-controlled Senate would fail to reach the two-thirds vote needed in order to remove Trump from office. However, given House Democrats like Yarmuth joining calls for impeachment, Pelosi may no longer be able to quell calls for impeachment from her own caucus. She met with all House Democrats on Wednesday.
Carl Gibson is a politics contributor for Grit Post. His work has previously been published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle, Al-Jazeera America, and NPR, among others. Follow him on Twitter @crgibs or send him an email at carl at gritpost dot com.