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While hundreds of House Democrats and much of official Washington is busy debating whether to open an impeachment proceeding against Donald Trump, one top member of the House Judiciary Committee says impeachment has functionally already begun.
“A lot of people believe we’ve been in an impeachment inquiry ever since we started looking into potential high crimes and misdemeanors and the misconduct of the executive branch, other people think impeachment inquiry doesn’t begin until you actually have articles of impeachment,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a former constitutional law professor. “I would say we are an impeachment investigation, and as to the results of the investigation it could lead to articles of impeachment or it could lead to something else, but for from my personal standpoint I think we are in an impeachment investigation.”
More than 100 House Democrats (as well as independent Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan) support impeaching Trump.
Many Democrats had hoped that last week’s televised testimony of former special counsel Robert Mueller before Congress might have moved public opinion toward formal impeachment of Trump on obstruction of justice. But that doesn’t seem to have occurred.