This is the most direct public confirmation I've heard yet that articles of impeachment are being seriously considered. My guess is that they'll wait for Mueller's testimony (which has been postponed until later in the month now), and possibly to see the public response to it, and then decide. But I think the moment of truth might come some time around the first week of August.The House Judiciary Committee's chairman, Jerry Nadler, on Friday made one of his most direct statements yet on the subject of impeachment.
"Articles of impeachment are under consideration as part of the Committee's investigation, although no final determination has been made," Nadler said. "In addition, the Committee has the authority to recommend its own articles of impeachment for consideration by the full House."
—CSPAN (@cspan) July 12, 2019
This came a day after the Judiciary Committee approved subpoenas for 12 key witnesses, including the White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, who were mentioned in the special counsel's report on the Russia investigation.
This also comes ahead of the former special counsel Robert Mueller's highly anticipated testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, which is set for July 17.
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Democratic leaders have continuously pumped the brakes on impeachment discussions, at times facing dissent on the matter from some of the more progressive and younger members of the party like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has cited concerns that launching impeachment proceedings that do not result in Trump's removal from office could only serve to the president's benefit ahead of an election year.
Recent polling has shown the public to be split over the issue of impeachment. A July 3 Gallup poll, for example, found 45% of Americans saying Trump should be impeached, compared with 53% who said he should not be.
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If you are an American, please call your representative in Congress and urge them to do their duty, especially if your representative is an uncommitted Democrat on the Judiciary Committee (my Rep., Joe Neguse, has already expressed support for impeachment).