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Here are the 87 congressional Democrats and 9 additional Democratic presidential candidates who want to begin an impeachment inquiry against Trump

Internal tensions over whether to impeach President Donald Trump are brewing among House Democrats, and more members are openly coming out in favor of impeachment with every passing day. 
The fervor for impeachment has only intensified as the Trump administration ramped up its stonewalling of Congress' attempts to investigate the president since the release of the special counsel Robert Mueller's report. 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have indicated they believe impeachment would be too divisive. 
On May 29, Mueller gave a press conference at the DOJ announcing his formal resignation, re-iterating the conclusions of his report's findings, and declining to voluntarily testify before Congress.
Mueller made it clear in his remarks that his office could not have indicted Trump because of existing DOJ policy, leaving the next steps up to Congress. 
Here are the 87 currently-serving House Democrats and nine additional Democratic presidential candidates who have openly come out in favor of beginning an impeachment inquiry.
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Internal tensions over whether to impeach President Donald Trump are brewing among House Democrats — and more members are openly coming out in favor of impeachment with every passing day. 
Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan introduced a resolution in favor of impeachment in late March with just a few cosponsors, but the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report from his nearly two-year-long investigations and its aftermath have increased the appetite for impeaching Trump.
The report did not come to a "traditional prosecutorial decision" as to whether Trump obstructed the Mueller probe and other federal investigations involving him, but laid out 11 possible incidents of obstruction and left it to Congress to decide. 
The fervor for impeachment has only intensified as the Trump administration ramped up its stonewalling of Congress' attempts to investigate Trump since the report's release. 
Read more: The DOJ agreed to turn over key evidence from Mueller's obstruction case one day before a scheduled contempt vote against AG William Barr
On May 29, Mueller gave a press conference at the DOJ announcing his formal resignation, re-iterating the conclusions of his report's findings, and declining to voluntarily testify before Congress. 
Mueller made it explicitly clear that the report did not exonerate Trump, and that his office had no ability to charge Trump with a crime given existing DOJ policy prohibiting prosecutors from indicting a sitting president — leaving the next steps up to Congress. 
While Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats say they believe an impeachment inquiry would divide the country and end up playing into Trump's hands, a consensus is forming among other Democrats that impeachment is a necessary next step.
Democratic leaders came under more pressure to consider impeachment when a Republican congressman, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, risked his seat and his political career to call for impeaching Trump.
Here are the 87 currently-serving House Democrats and nine additional Democratic presidential candidates who have openly come out in favor of beginning an impeachment inquiry against Trump.  SEE ALSO: Impeachment doesn't mean what you think it means — here's what it would take to remove Trump from office
On May 30, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said "this president must be held accountable and I believe that the Judiciary Committee should begin impeachment inquiries,” according to CNN.

Source: Jake Tapper/CNN
Read more about Bernie Sanders' campaign.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper said on May 30 that he supports Congress opening an impeachment inquiry, adding, "that doesn't mean we're going to impeach President Trump...but I do think we have an obligation to follow where the facts lead."

Source: Stephanie Ramirez/CBS



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Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey was previously skeptical of impeachment, but changed course and tweeted "Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately" after Mueller gave a press conference reiterating the conclusions of his report on May 29.

Source: Cory Booker/Twitter
Read more about Cory Booker's campaign.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York also called for impeachment the day of Mueller's press conference, tweeting, "Robert Mueller clearly expects Congress to exercise its constitutional authority and take steps that he could not."

Source: Kirsten Gillibrand
Read more about Kirsten Gillibrand's campaign.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts became the first 2020 presidential candidate to come out in favor of impeachment shortly after the release of the Mueller report.

Source: Business Insider
Read more about Elizabeth Warren's campaign.
Sen. Kamala Harris of California said the House should start "taking steps towards impeachment" after the Mueller report's release, later tweeting that Mueller "basically an impeachment referral" and calling impeachment a "constitutional obligation" on May 29.

Sources: Business Insider, Kamala Harris/Twitter
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Former HUD Secretary and 2020 candidate Julián Castro also said it would be "perfectly reasonable" for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings.

Source: Business Insider
Read more about Julian Castro's campaign
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, also seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination, came out in favor of beginning impeachment proceedings at a May 21 CNN town hall.

Source: CNN
Read more about Beto O'Rourke's campaign.
Presidential candidate Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington recently told the New York Daily News that he supports the beginning of an impeachment inquiry, calling Trump "a threat to national security."

Source: New York Daily News
Read more about Jay Inslee's campaign.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, a member of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, supports impeaching Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr.

Source: Eric Swalwell
 
Rep. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, also a 2020 candidate, supports impeachment inquiries into both Trump and Barr.

Sources: NPR, The Hill
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Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, both a member of the House and a 2020 candidate, said at a June 2 CNN town hall that he believes the Judiciary Committee should begin an impeachment inquiry.

Source: The Hill
In the House, Rep. Al Green became one of the very first Democrats to put forth impeachment articles back in 2017 with four other Democrats, but their resolution to impeach Trump was rejected.

Source: Texas Tribune
Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee was one of the co-sponsors of Green's impeachment resolution.

Source: Rep. Steve Cohen
Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio also co-sponsored the 2017 impeachment resolution.

Source: Cleveland.com
Rep. Adriano Espaillat of New York also co-sponsored Green's 2017 impeachment articles.

Source: Adriano Espaillat
Rep. Nanette Barragán of California voted for the 2017 impeachment resolution against Trump.

Source: Nanette Barragán
Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York also voted for Green's impeachment resolution.

Source: Need To Impeach
Rep. Maxine Waters of California, the chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, has also been a long-time supporter of impeaching Trump.

Source: The Hill
Rep. Brad Sherman of California introduced articles of impeachment — H.R. 13 — along with Rep. Green in January of 2019.

Sources: CNN, Congress.gov
In March of this year, freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan introduced her own resolution to impeach Trump with Green as a co-sponsor.

Source: CNN
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York became a co-sponsor of Tlaib's resolution in April and, tweeted on Tuesday that "failure to impeach now is neglect of due process."

Sources: CBS, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota is also a cosponsor of Tlaib's resolution and recently tweeted "it’s time Democrats open an impeachment inquiry against the current occupant of the White House."

Source: Ilhan Omar
Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts also co-sponsored Tlaib's resolution and recently told MSNBC, "I didn't come to Congress to impeach a president...but I believe we have no other choice. Our hand is being forced."

Source: Quint Forgey/Twiter
Rep. Filemon Vela of Texas became a co-sponsor of Tlaib's resolution in late April.

Source: CBS 
Rep. Jared Huffman of California also co-sponsored Tlaib's resolution in April.

Source: CBS
Rep. Barbara Lee, who represents a part of California's Bay Area, also co-sponsored Tlaib's resolution.

Source: Los Angeles Times
As did fellow California Rep. Grace Napolitano.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Rep. Robin Kelly of Illinois also voted in favor of the 2017 resolution.

Source: Robin Kelly
Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin was also one of the original members calling for Trump's impeachment back in 2017.

Source: WISN/ABC
Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island came out in support of impeachment after Don McGahn defied a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee.

Source: Rep. David Cicilline/Twitter
Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, a constitutional law professor at American University and a member of the House leadership team, said he supports impeaching Trump in a recent interview with the Washington Post, saying "the logic of an impeachment inquiry is pretty overwhelming at this point."

Source: Washington Post
Rep. Veronica Escobar of Texas also supports impeachment, writing on Twitter that "we cannot tolerate this level of obstruction."

Source: Veronica Escobar
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky supports impeachment and told CNN he believes "a growing majority of our caucus believes that impeachment is going to be inevitable."

Source: CNN
Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas tweeted Tuesday, "It’s time for Congress to open an impeachment inquiry. There is political risk in doing so, but there’s a greater risk to our country in doing nothing."

Source: Joaquin Castro
Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon of Pennsylvania, the Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, came out in support of impeachment on Tuesday.

Source: Mary Gay Scanlon
Rep. Madeline Dean, also of Pennsylvania, said Tuesday "we must open an impeachment inquiry."

Source: MSNBC
Rep. Dwight Evans, also of Pennsylvania, wrote "I'm ready to vote in FAVOR of the House of Representatives beginning an impeachment inquiry of President Trump" on Wednesday.

Source: Dwight Evans/Twitter
Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington called for impeachment on May 21, saying, "A president who thinks he's king, accountable to nobody & above the law is absolutely unacceptable."

Source: Pramila Jayapal/Twitter
Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana said in late April on CBS' "Face The Nation" that he believed an impeachment inquiry was "the best way to get all of the facts out."

Source: CBS News
Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin called for impeachment after McGahn's no-show for his May 21 hearing.

Source: Mark Pocan
Rep. Joe Neguse of Colorado, a co-freshman representative to leadership, wrote May 21 that "the Administration’s pattern of wholesale obstruction of Congress since the report’s release, make clear that it is time to open an impeachment inquiry."

Source: Joe Neguse
Rep. Diana DeGette, also of Colorado, came out in favor of impeachment on May 21, writing, "the facts laid out in the Mueller report, coupled with this administration’s ongoing attempts to stonewall Congress, leave us no other choice."

Source: Diana DeGette
Rep. Val Demings of Florida said she believes "that we're at a point where we've run out of options and I think we should begin impeachment proceedings."

Source: MSNBC
Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon came out in favor of impeachment on May 21, writing "Trump continues to disrespect the power of Congress, the rule of law, and our democracy."

Source: Earl Blumenauer/Twitter
Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia wrote May 21 that he supports impeaching Trump, writing "endorsing such a course is not easy ... but I believe the President has left Congress no other option but to pursue it" in a statement.

Source: Don Beyer
Rep. Jackie Speier of California told CNN on Tuesday she believes "an inquiry into impeachment is required at this point in time."

Source: Jackie Speier/CNN
"Congress has a moral obligation to put our politics aside and take action," Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York tweeted Tuesday. "We need to start impeachment proceedings."

Source: Kathleen Rice/Twitter
Freshman Rep. Tom Malinowski of New Jersey came out in support of impeachment in an interview with NBC News, saying, "The law can survive the efforts of bad people to defy it. The law cannot survive the hesitation of good people to defend it."

Source: NBC News
 
 
 
Rep. Bennie Johnson of Mississippi, the chair of the Committee on Homeland Security, came out in favor of impeachment on May 29, writing, "the President has egregiously obstructed justice."

Source: Bennie Thompson/Twitter
 
Rep. Greg Stanton, who represents Phoenix, Arizona, supports opening an impeachment inquiry.

Source: Rep. Greg Stanton
His Arizona colleague Rep. Raúl Grijalva, whose district is located in the Tuscon area, also supports impeachment.

Source: Tuscon.com
In a May 31 statement, Rep. Alma Adams of North Carolina said she supports opening an impeachment inquiry because "Congress has a sacred responsibility to obtain the information necessary to determine the next steps.”

Source: Rep. Alma Adams
Rep. GK Butterfield, also of North Carolina, told a North Carolina news station that he is "prepared to vote for an impeachment inquiry and based on the evidence before me now, I am prepared to vote for the impeachment and removal of this president."

Source: Tim Boyum/Capital Tonight
Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia of Illinois, supports impeachment as well.

Source: Chicago Tribune
Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota said in a May 29 statement: "I fully expect the responsible House committees to expedite their investigations and, as soon as possible, formally draft articles of impeachment."

Source: Betty McCollum
Fellow Pennsylvania Rep. Brendan Boyle wrote, "it’s time to officially start Impeachment Hearings" on Twitter May 31.

Source: Brendan Boyle
Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts came out in support of beginning an impeachment inquiry on May 30.

Source: Boston Globe
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon supports an impeachment inquiry, telling Oregon Public Broadcasting that “the president and the administration are sending the message they’re above the law.”

Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting
A spokesman for Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois, told NPR that Rush "believes that President Trump should be impeached."

Source: NPR
Rep. Danny Davis of Illinois said in a May 28 statement, "I believe it is time and imperative that the United States House of Representatives begin an impeachment inquiry."

Source: Danny Davis
Rep. Paul Tonko of New York came out in favor of impeachment on June 3.

Source: WAMC Radio
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier of California told the San Francisco Chronicle that he supports impeachment proceedings and further hearings on the matter.

Source: San Fransisco Chronicle
Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, came out in support of impeachment on May 31.

Source: Rep. Mike Quigley
Rep. Norma Torres of California told the Washington Post that she came around to supporting impeachment after reading the Mueller report.

Source: Washington Post
Rep. Juan Vargas, also of California, said he supported impeachment at an April 23 event in his Southern California district.

Source: NBC San Diego
Chellie Pingree, who represents Maine's first congressional district, said in a May 29 statement: "I believe it is in the public interest that Congress continue its own investigations in the face of unprecedented obstruction and move toward an impeachment inquiry.”

Source: Rep. Chellie Pingree
Rep. Alan Lowenthal of California wrote, "I believe the time has come to consider an impeachment inquiry" in a May 30 tweet.

Source: Alan Lowenthal/Twitter
Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas told the Huffington Post that "if inherent contempt is not to be used and no other meaningful action is taken, then impeachment is the only alternative."

Source: Huffington Post
 
Rep. Ted Lieu of California, a Judiciary Committee member, has pushed Pelosi to get behind impeachment proceedings, according to the Washington Post. He told The Post: "This inquiry could lead to impeachment, or it could lead to nothing. But I think if McGahn doesn’t show, we have to at least start it.”

Source: Washington Post
Rep. Carolyn of Maloney of New York said at a June 15 event that "it is my inescapable conclusion that the House of Representatives must open an impeachment inquiry against the President of the United States."

Source: Carolyn Maloney
Also on June 15, Rep. Andy Levin of Michigan tweeted that he too supported an impeachment inquiry as the best way to "get to the bottom of Mr. Trump’s activities and inform the public about what we learn."

Source: Andy Levin/Twitter
Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California told the Los Angeles Times: "I have voted TWICE to start debate on articles of impeachment. And I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Source: Los Angeles Times
Rep. Brenda Lawrence of Michigan both voted for impeachment in 2018 and expressed for support for it recently, telling CNN, "we need to hold this president accountable."

Source: Brenda Lawrence
Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio told the Columbus Dispatch: "I ultimately believe this process will lead to an impeachment inquiry, which I would support for the people and to keep America great.”

Source: Columbus Dispatch
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said on May 21 that she plans to introduce a "resolution of investigation" to help the committee determine whether an impeachment inquiry is warranted.

Source: CNN
 
Rep. Katie Porter of California came out in favor of supporting an impeachment inquiry in a video posted to Twitter on June 17.

Source: Katie Porter/Twitter
Also on June 17, Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan wrote that while he was "reluctant" to back impeachment, but said he believed "Congress must open an impeachment inquiry to defend the rule of law."

Source: Dan Kildee/Twitter
Rep. Brian Higgins of New York came out in favor of impeachment on June 19, saying, "the multiple instances of obstruction laid out in the Mueller report necessitate that the House launch an impeachment inquiry."

Source: Brian Higgins
Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, a member of the House leadership team and a key ally of Pelosi, announced her support for impeachment in a June 19 video posted to Twitter.

Source: Jan Schakowsky
Rep. Sean Casten of Illinois, who represents a district that flipped from Republican to Democratic control, also told the Chicago Sun-Times he supports an impeachment inquiry.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey came out in favor of starting an impeachment inquiry on May 29.

Rep. Nydia Velàzquez of New York, the chairwoman of the House Small Business Committee, came out in support of impeachment on June 20.

Source: Nydia Velazquez/Twitter
Rep. Tony Cárdenas of California also endorsed an impeachment inquiry on June 20

Source: Tony Cardenas/Twitter
On June 21, Rep. William Lacy Clay of Missouri signed on as a co-sponsor of both Green and Tlaib's impeachment resolutions.

Source: KMOV4
Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said in a June 21 statement to the Seattle Times that he supports impeachment.

Source: Seattle Times
Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania also came out in favor of starting an impeachment inquiry in a June 21 statement.

Source: Mike Doyle
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell of Florida, a member of the Judiciary Committee, came out in favor of an impeachment inquiry in a June 21 statement.

Source: Debbie Mucarsel-Powell/Twitter
 
Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut became the 80th Democrat to come out in favor of impeachment on June 24.

Source:Jim Himes/Twitter
 
Shortly after, Rep. Harley Rouda of California told reporters he's prepared to support an impeachment inquiry, telling Politico: "we’re being stonewalled by the administration and president Trump...we’re going through the courts, but if we do an impeachment inquiry we will be able to have the courts move faster in addressing those issues."

Source: Jeremy White/Politico
Rep. Donald Norcross of New Jersey wrote a June 25 Twitter thread emphasizing his support for impeaching, writing, "as a co-equal branch of government, it is Congress' obligation to hold the executive branch accountable. The future of our country is at stake. No one is above the law."

Source: Donald Norcross/Twitter
 
In a June 26 Twitter thread, Rep. Scott Peters of California endorsed an impeachment inquiry, writing, "If we don’t act, we send the message that criminal behavior is normal for presidents."

Source: Scott Peters/Twitter
 
Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts came out in favor of an impeachment inquiry in a June 28 taped interview with WPRI, saying, "I believe that when you have a president that’s willfully broken the law repeatedly to try to evade justice for various illegal acts, Congress has to hold him accountable."

Source: WPRI
 
On July 25, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware announced her support for impeachment proceedings against Trump: "After two years of investigations, hundreds of pages of documents, and hours of testimony, this much is clear — the Russian government waged a sweeping and systematic attack on democracy. Several top Trump campaign officials not only accepted but welcomed the interference."

Source: Lisa Blunt Rochester
Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Congresswoman Katherine Clark joined in on impeachment calls on July 25. "Throughout his life and presidency, Donald Trump has proven himself unfit to serve. He has no respect for the rule of law, has put kids in cages, regularly tramples on the Constitution, and uses racist words, acts and policies to divide our country."

Source: Katherine Clark
Congressman Peter DeFazio, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, announced his support for impeachment proceedings on July 25 citing findings in the Mueller report. "I believe that the time has come for the Judiciary Committee to open a formal impeachment inquiry and collect the evidence necessary to build a strong case against President Trump. His presidency is a danger to our national security and a threat to our democracy."

Source: Peter DeFazio
Read more:
Over a third of House Democrats want to begin an impeachment inquiry against Trump — see all of them here
Most Americans say they understand what impeachment is, but fewer than a third can actually define it correctly
Trump is reportedly intrigued by impeachment and the boost it could give his approval ratings
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accuses Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats of 'sitting on their hands' on impeaching Trump

the source: https://www.businessinsider.com/who-supports-impeachment-major-democrats-2020-candidates-want-impeach-trump-2019-5

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