Ten notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiUS conservative leader: China is more ‘fragile than we realize’ Ten notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Majority fear mass shooting in their community: poll MORE (D-Calif.) is facing pressure from a growing number of Democrats to start an impeachment inquiry against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump’s approval rating drops 6 points amid economic worries: poll Majority in new poll says recession is likely The Hill’s Morning Report – Can Trump save GOP in North Carolina special election? MORE.

The number of Democrats backing an inquiry has steadily grown over the recess, with a majority now endorsing it.

Yet there are a number of influential lawmakers who are not calling for impeachment, showing that Pelosi has allies in the internal caucus debate.

Here are 10 notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment.

1. Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Overnight Health Care: Watchdog details severe trauma suffered by separated children | Judge approves B CVS-Aetna merger | House Dem Caucus chair backs ‘Medicare for All’ House Democratic Caucus chairman announces support for ‘Medicare for All’ MORE (D-N.Y.)

Jeffries, the possible future Speaker after Pelosi steps down, has not added his support to an inquiry.

The House Democratic Caucus chairman’s stance stands out against possible rivals to succeed Pelosi such as Reps. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment White House adviser gives Trump cover on Alabama hurricane claim Obama’s tan suit controversy hits 5-year anniversary MORE (R.I.) and Katherine ClarkKatherine Marlea ClarkTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Fourth-ranking House Democrat backs Trump impeachment MORE (Mass.), who are backing it.

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Jeffries previously voiced support for the 2018 articles of impeachment introduced by Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Methane emissions continue to drop Two coal miners demand McGrath stop using their images in McConnell attack ad MORE (D-Texas), but he has since embraced Pelosi’s view.

That probably doesn’t hurt his relationship with Pelosi, but it will draw criticism from liberal grassroots groups that back impeachment and could also hurt him in a leadership race.

Jeffries says he backs the House Judiciary Committee’s investigations into Trump.

“Mr. Jeffries supports, and is participating in, the House Judiciary Committee investigation, which includes an assessment as to whether the President committed High Crimes & Misdemeanors,” Michael Hardaway, a spokesman for Jeffries, told The Hill in a statement.

2. Rep. John LewisJohn LewisJon Ossoff launching Georgia Senate campaign Ten notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Block the misuse of facial recognition, not the tech itself MORE (D-Ga.)

Lewis voted to advance impeachment-related bills in the GOP Congress but has not come out in favor of opening an inquiry since Democrats regained their majority.

The civil rights icon is the elder statesman of the Georgia Democratic delegation, which has been unanimous in not backing an inquiry.

If Lewis changed course, it would almost undoubtedly lead others to back an inquiry since he carries enormous sway through the caucus, especially in the Georgia delegation and the Congressional Black Caucus.

3. Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaDemocrats race against clock with push for impeachment Ten notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Hillicon Valley: Google to pay 0M to settle child privacy charges against YouTube | Tech giants huddle with intel officials on election security | Top IT official names China main cyber threat MORE (D-Calif.)

Khanna, a leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, is a notable progressive not outwardly backing launching into an impeachment inquiry.

He does back the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation, which the panel’s chairman has likened to impeachment, and he appears on whip lists by The Hill and other media outlets as a “yes” on impeachment because he says the panel’s actions essentially represent an inquiry.

“I would vote ‘yes’ to formally start the inquiry, but I don’t think it requires that vote,” Khanna told reporters on Capitol Hill last month.

“Well, I support Nadler. I support the impeachment inquiry,” he told MSNBC last month, referring to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerThis week: Congress returns for first time since mass shootings Judiciary panel preparing to vote on procedures for impeachment probe: report House Democrat calls it ‘unconstitutional’ to cite God in hearing oaths MORE (D-N.Y.).

But he is not actually calling for a literal inquiry that requires a vote of the House and has provided vocal support for Pelosi’s approach, giving cover to the Speaker from liberals who want her to be more aggressive.

A spokesperson said it is a correct characterization that he is not part of the group calling for an impeachment inquiry to be opened.

4. Rep. Richard NealRichard Edmund NealTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Trump probes threaten to overshadow Democrats’ agenda Trump lawyers ask judge to toss out Dems’ tax return lawsuit MORE (D-Mass.)

Neal, like a number of other committee chairs, has not come out in support of impeachment despite pressure from the left and a primary challenge.

Holyoke, Mass., Mayor Alex Morse is running against Neal on the issue of impeachment while grassroots groups hit him for his stance.

Neal and other chairs who aren’t backing impeachment are showing loyalty and support to Pelosi, making their stance significant.

5. Rep. Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Embattled Juul seeks allies in Washington House Democrat knocks Trump’s Cummings tweet: ‘This guy is a terrible, terrible human being’ MORE (D-N.Y.)

Meeks says he favors removing Trump but wants to do it in a cautious way.

He suggests it would do little good to impeach Trump if there is not going to be a conviction, something that would require 67 votes in the GOP-controlled Senate.

“As a former Assistant District Attorney, I understand the difference between an indictment and a conviction,” Meeks said in a statement to The Hill.

He says Democrats “should continue to allow every committee, not just the Judiciary Committee, to continue to exercise its constitutional oversight responsibilities. That would allow us to get the evidence that could lead to a conviction, or otherwise demonstrate to the public this President’s culture of corruption so that we remove him through the polls in 2020.”

6. Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress Democratic rep reconsiders wearing trademark hats because of ‘racists who taunt me’ MORE (D-Fla.)

Wilson is another black lawmaker who is not backing an inquiry, despite Trump’s unpopularity with black voters in general and her own public battles with the president.

Wilson got into it with Trump when she was listening in on a condolence call the president made to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the U.S. Green Berets killed in an ambush in Niger in October 2017. Trump said during that call that Johnson “knew what he signed up for,” according to Wilson, who made the remarks public.

“That is not what you say to a grieving widow, a woman who just learned that her husband cannot have an open casket funeral,” said Wilson, whose revelation led to a days-long controversy.

Trump called her “wacky” and accused her of lying.

Also notable is that a majority of Democratic lawmakers from Florida, a key state in the 2020 race, have not backed impeachment.

7. Rep. Terri SewellTerrycina (Terri) Andrea SewellTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment ‘Raise the Wage Act’ would drop the hammer on the most vulnerable workers Ocasio-Cortez distances herself from ex-staffer’s controversial tweet MORE (D-Ala.)

Sewell is the only House Democrat in Alabama, and she has not voiced support for impeachment.

She represents a district that voted overwhelmingly for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWarren endorses Texas Democrat Cuellar’s primary challenger Ten notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Krystal Ball: Warren’s Hillary connections revealed?; Saagar Enjeti: End the wars MORE in 2016. Trump easily won the state, and the districts surrounding Sewell’s are strong Republican footholds.

Sewell, a member of both the Congressional Black Caucus and the House Intelligence Committee, has called for the House to focus on its investigations before moving toward impeachment.

“While nothing is off the table, I believe the relevant committees must continue to investigate before moving to impeachment proceedings,” Sewell said in a statement.

8. Rep. Marcy KapturMarcia (Marcy) Carolyn KapturTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Congresswoman ‘all good’ after car crushed by construction equipment House passes legislation aimed at stabilizing multiemployer pension plans MORE (D-Ohio)

Kaptur, the longest serving woman in the House, is the only Ohio Democrat in the lower chamber to not support impeachment.

Kaptur, a centrist who won her district against a Republican challenger by roughly 37 points, has not shied away from criticizing the president, but she has followed Pelosi’s lead in calling for the focus to be on House investigations.

“Congress must continue to work to find the truth and hold President Trump and his campaign and business associates accountable,” Kaptur said in a statement to Toledo Blade in June.

“Only through thorough investigations by all the committees of jurisdiction will we get at the full truth and the full extent to which America’s interests have been compromised through Russian meddling and people at the highest levels dealing in their own self-interest.”

9. Rep. Daniel LipinskiDaniel William LipinskiTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment House Democrats blur lines on support for impeachment Young Democrats look to replicate Ocasio-Cortez’s primary path MORE (D-Ill.)

Lipinski, a conservative Democrat who has seen colleagues support his primary rivals, is not backing an impeachment inquiry.

He and Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Social determinants of health — health care isn’t just bugs and bacteria Labor Day jitters on both sides of America’s political divide MORE (Ill.), who leads House Democrats’ campaign arm, are the only two Illinois Democrats not in favor of an inquiry.

Lipinski, who has previously pointed to the public polls that suggest a majority of voters do not support removing the president, warns that jumping into impeachment could backfire.

“Right now, I think the best way to remove President Trump from office is voting him out in the 2020 election,” Lipinski said in a statement to The Hill. “This may change as the work of House committees continue, but if the House impeached the president now, it could backfire because the president would be able to say that he was persecuted by the Democratic House but exonerated by the Senate.”

Lipinski is once again facing a primary race. And while Pelosi has supported him in the past, as she does for all incumbents, his opponent is likely to attack him from the left on issues like impeachment and his conservative views on abortion.

10. Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Critics fear widespread damage from Trump ‘public charge’ rule Democrats: Trump plan could jeopardize 500,000 children’s free school meals MORE (D-Va.)

Scott opposed the GOP effort to impeach President Clinton in 1998 and has not supported the launching of an inquiry against Trump.

The first African American elected to Congress from Virginia since Reconstruction, he would carry sway with members of his caucus and state if he backed an inquiry. His opposition could give cover to vulnerable Democrats in Virginia, such as Reps. Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Centrist House Democrats press for committees to follow pay-go rule Gun debate to shape 2020 races MORE and Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Jewish Democratic congresswoman and veteran blasts Trump’s ‘disloyalty’ comments Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump MORE.

Mike Lillis contributed.

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