Days after revelations that President Donald Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate one of Trump's 2020 opponents, former Vice President Joe Biden, the news of Trump's corruption keeps getting worse. The Washington Post confirmed with two senior officials that Trump withheld nearly $400 million in government aid to Ukraine only days before the call in which he told Zelensky eight times to investigate Biden.
Trump hasn't denied the allegations either. Instead, he's attempted to justify them, insisting he has every right to withhold money from a country that might be "corrupt."
But Democratic lawmakers aren't buying it—and they're now calling for his impeachment in droves.
Yesterday, seven freshman Democratic members of Congress—Reps. Gil Cisneros (CA), Jason Crow (CO), Chrissy Houlahan (PA), Elaine Luria (VA), Mikie Sherrill (NJ), Elissa Slotkin (MI), and Abigail Spanberger (VA)—came out in support for Trump's impeachment in a Washington Post op-ed.
The piece reads in part:
If these allegations are true, we believe these actions represent an impeachable offense. We do not arrive at this conclusion lightly, and we call on our colleagues in Congress to consider the use of all congressional authorities available to us, including the power of “inherent contempt” and impeachment hearings, to address these new allegations, find the truth and protect our national security."
And it wasn't just these seven Democrats who came out in support of impeachment on Monday night. Other Democratic lawmakers made the announcement on Twitter.
The first responsibility of the President of the United States is to keep our country safe, but it has become clear… https://t.co/zJRY8bCzbx— Congressman Antonio Delgado (@Congressman Antonio Delgado)1569328162.0
President Trump may have used the power of his office to pressure a foreign head of state for his own personal poli… https://t.co/ln1wEFQZQY— Rep. Haley Stevens (@Rep. Haley Stevens)1569323201.0
I believe that it is my Constitutional duty and the duty of the United States Congress to move forward with impeach… https://t.co/MzYWxpT8kr— Tom Suozzi (@Tom Suozzi)1569328112.0
This country is divided. We cannot be divided on the rule of law. As an elected official my oath is to protect nati… https://t.co/7ZCFKGlFOE— Rep. Debbie Dingell (@Rep. Debbie Dingell)1569291721.0
Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who's been adamant on resisting an impeachment inquiry until there's an airtight case, appears to be showing some movement on the issue in light of these new allegations.
UPDATED: Pelosi is privately talking to members abt impeaching Trump, a swath of moderate House Dems are coming o… https://t.co/iF0u2R4v7J— Rachael Bade (@Rachael Bade)1569293254.0
Many think that the hypothetical impeachment floated since Trump's inauguration is about to get very, very real.
Woke up to text from senior Dem House staffer: “The dam has broken here. We’re going to impeach.”— Laura Bassett (@Laura Bassett)1569332403.0
Strongly anti-impeachment like five minutes ago. This is happening. https://t.co/kB6GVLYpum— Tom Watson (@Tom Watson)1569329959.0
I’ve been wrong before but I predict a formal impeachment inquiry will begin this week.— Claire McCaskill (@Claire McCaskill)1569327479.0
Gird your loins.
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