Democratic leaders in the House have sought to appease both sides of the impeachment debate within the party while still moving forward with investigations into President Donald Trump, The Hill reports.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said in July that his panel will continue investigating Trump, but said they were not yet considering a formal impeachment inquiry.
The direction "we are taking does not require a vote, so I guess for some people who are anxious to vote, to officially move forward, they will be disappointed," Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., who handles the party's messaging and has supported an inquiry, told The Hill. "For people who are not interested in voting, I guess they will be pleased."
According to NBC News, 118 of the 235 Democrats in the House have called for an impeachment inquiry, falling far short of the 218 necessary to impeach. Many moderate Democrats and those from embattled districts expressed concerns that pushing for impeachment could hurt their chances in the upcoming elections.
"I believe impeachment will assuredly consume us all and basically grind our nation to a halt,” Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., who co-chairs the moderate Blue Dog Democrats group, said at a local town hall in her district last week, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "And I think impeachment has a really high threshold."
However, Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., a member of the Judiciary committee, said, "whether you call it an impeachment investigation or an impeachment inquiry is a little bit semantic, and not terribly relevant," and referred to the panel's probe as "phase two," following the conclusion of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
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