House Democrats are now jogging toward impeachment

Rep. Jerrold Nadler favors impeachment
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At least a dozen House Democrats have publicly come out in favor of starting impeachment proceedings against President Trump since former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified last Wednesday, and with the addition of Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (Mo.) and Dina Titus (Nev.) on Monday, at least 106 House Democrats now back impeachment. That's just a dozen shy of 118 House Democrats, or a majority of the caucus' 235 members, plus Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), a former Republican.

The new flock of impeachment-backing Democrats, The Hill notes, includes centrists like Rep. Derek Kilmer (Wash.), freshmen who flipped GOP-held districts last year — Reps. Mike Levin (Calif.) and Kim Schrier (Wash.) — and a member of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (Calif.) leadership team, Rep. Katherine Clark (Mass.). Vulnerable Democrats got important and unexpected political cover Sunday when No. 3 Senate Democrat Patty Murray (Wash.) endorsed impeachment hearings; Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), the No. 4 Senate Democrat, followed suit Monday.

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