August 4, 2019
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Although Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), the delegate from Washington, D.C., is not a member of the Judiciary Committee, she has had many choice words on whether or not steps should be taken to impeach President Donald Trump. In the past, she asserted that impeachment was unattainable, and would ultimately end with the Senate blocking it. Since the Senate is under Republican control, and impeachment is rare in U.S. government, Norton considered the attempt to be a waste of time. In April of 2019, the Congresswoman confidently stated that to go down an impeachment path “will lead nowhere.” This harkens back to the House impeachment by Republicans of former President Bill Clinton in 1998, which failed in the Senate. Currently, the Democrats have led the majority in the House of Representatives over the last two years.
Subsequently, Congresswoman Norton decided on Tuesday to support the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Norton’s office delivered a press release affirming that she wanted to move forward with the inquiry, following the testimony of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller. After reviewing the Mueller Report, Norton now believes that “we are virtually mandated to move to the next step.” This next step is an impeachment inquiry. Although the Congresswoman previously thought that impeachment was surely a dead end, Norton’s position has undoubtedly shifted since April.
Over half of House Democrats are now in favor of an impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Many local Democrats in the Washington, D.C. metro area, such as Congressmen Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), and Anthony Brown (D-MD) have been very vocal about this issue.
Congressman Cummings is a member of the House of Representatives, as well as the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform. Cummings believes that Mueller’s report was the jumpstart America needed to further investigate the impeachment of Trump. When he last spoke on this issue, the congressman admitted he was open to the possibility and even if it does not result in victory, “history would smile upon us” for the attempt. Congressman Raskin, a member of the Judiciary Committee who serves as a Representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District, has been very candid about his hopes to have Trump impeached. He believes that as a member of the Judiciary Committee, it is his and his colleagues’ duty to go forward with the investigative process. In an interview, he questioned: “If not the Judiciary Committee, who is going to do it? This is our job.” The congressman is convinced that the impeachment process will have to begin directly with the actions of the House Judiciary Committee, and it is only a matter of when. Congressman Brown, who serves as the representative for Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, admits that there are members of the Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Reform Committee, that are better fit than himself to come to a final decision regarding the impeachment inquiry. Still, the Maryland representative promises to vote in favor of impeachment against Trump if it is presented to him.
Editor-in-chief Wendy Thompson contributed to this article.