Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) added his name to the list of Democrats supporting an impeachment inquiry against President Trump during a Tuesday afternoon speech on the House floor – making 164 members of Congress who say they support the move
“We cannot delay,” said Lewis. “We must not wait. Now is the time to act. I have been patient while we tried every other path and used every other tool. We will never find the truth unless we use the power given to the House of Representatives, and the House alone, to begin an official investigation as dictated by the Constitution. The future of our democracy is at stake. I believe, I truly believe, the time to begin impeachment proceedings against this president has come. To delay or to do otherwise would betray the foundation of our democracy.”
The new impachment push by Lewis – a frequent bellweather for the Democratic caucus – is seen as a significant step towards a sharply divided House. While some lawmakers say impeaching Trump is the only way to beat him in in 2020, others – such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, has long maintained that even if the House votes to impeach – a defeat in the GOP-controlled Senate would ‘exonerate’ Trump and energize his base. Of note, Pelosi will hold a press conference later on Tuesday concerning the matter.