House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., said Democrats should keep plugging along conducting oversight on President Trump and hold off on opening an impeachment inquiry.
“The vast majority would, in fact, support impeachment, just not now,” Clyburn said during an interview with CNN’s John Berman Wednesday morning. “The issue now is whether or not that is something that should be done today or tomorrow, or whether or not we go through a process by which we build a foundation upon which to successfully impeach the president.”
“So that’s where we are. We are all looking forward to the day when that might be ripened,” Clyburn said. “We have not gotten there yet. That is the difference between the majority of the caucus right now and the very strong minority who would like to see us move forward with impeachment right away.”
Clyburn said Democrats have had multiple successes in recent days, citing “victories” including Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash’s comments arguing that Trump committed impeachable offenses during special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Clyburn said these successes were the result of multiple committees conducting oversight on the president’s actions and dealings.
“We got there by steady, focused movement in the direction of getting at the facts as to whether or not this president did, in fact, break the law. So why don’t we keep doing it?” Clyburn said.
Although Clyburn said he was more interested in launching an impeachment inquiry than he was several weeks ago, he said he doesn’t believe “we ought to pull the trigger on that.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has rejected attempts from her party to move forward with an impeachment inquiry.
The New York Times reports she is holding a meeting with lawmakers Wednesday morning to discuss status and strategy of House investigations, and that she is receptive to using legislation to push Trump to cooperate with Congress’ oversight.