Eleven House Democrats are still publicly withholding support for an impeachment inquiry despite Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
One of the eleven House Democrats, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson, said he believes trying to impeach Trump based off the transcript would divide the party, adding their needs to support from Republicans in order to impeach a president, Huffington Post reported.
“If anyone thinks a partisan impeachment process would constrain President Trump, they are fooling themselves,” Peterson told the Detroit Lakes Tribune. “Without significant bipartisan support, impeachment proceedings will be a lengthy and divisive action with no resolution.”
Here are the eleven members of Congress:
- New York Rep. Anthony Brindisi
- South Carolina Rep. Joe Cunningham
- Maine Rep. Jared Golden
- Oklahoma Rep. Kendra Horn
- Wisconsin Rep. Ron Kind
- Pennsylvania Rep. Conor Lamb
- Utah Rep. Ben McAdams
- Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson
- New York Rep. Max Rose
- New Mexico Rep. Xochitl Torres Small
- New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew
Pelosi publicly announced late Tuesday afternoon, “Today I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.” (RELATED: Nancy Pelosi Comes Out In Favor Of Impeachment)
Despite Pelosi’s early reluctance to push for impeachment, there are currently 222 Democrats who support impeachment or an impeachment inquiry, compared to the 13 Democrats who don’t support impeachment or impeachment inquiry yet. Pelosi has said she believes Trump is “goading” Democrats to impeach him because he thinks it will help him fire up his base. (RELATED: Top House Republicans Rip Pelosi, Question If She ‘Should Stay In Her Job’ After Ukraine Call Transcript Released)
Many of Pelosi’s Democratic colleagues have continued to push for impeaching Trump, such as Democratic Texas Rep. Al Green, who broke with Pelosi when he vowed to force a vote to impeach Trump in late March. Green, who previously had several bills to impeach Trump overwhelmingly rejected by the House of Representatives, called for a third impeachment vote. Pelosi said impeachment was “just not worth it” in a March interview.
Tuesday’s comments were the first time Pelosi said Trump should be impeached, despite continued calls from Democrats.