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House Dem Leaders Try to Tone Down Impeachment Talk

president donald trump gives his state of the union address with nancy pelosi applauding him over his left shoulder
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., applauds President Donald Trump during his most recent State of the Union address. (Doug Mills/AP)

By    |   Monday, 22 April 2019 08:34 PM

House Democratic leaders are urging their colleagues to tone down the impeachment rhetoric as it relates to President Donald Trump.

During a Monday evening conference call, high-ranking party leaders tried to squash talk of pursuing impeachment at this time.

According to The Hill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others expressed their concern over jumping on the impeachment bandwagon without concrete evidence Trump might have committed an impeachable offense.

"We need to hear from [Attorney General William] Barr and [special counsel Robert] Mueller – and we need to see the unredacted report and the documents [that] go with it," House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said. "We cannot allow this president to continue going down this course."

Other lawmakers said it is time to pursue impeachment.

"I think we have great evidence that the president has blatantly violated so many laws. It's just ridiculous," Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., said, The Hill reported. "I think we have enough" to start the impeachment process.

According to CNN's Manu Raju, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said she is still in favor of impeaching Trump but she is not actively trying to recruit other members to join her effort.

Mueller recently completed his investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He did not find evidence Trump conspired with the Russians to defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton, but he was unable to determine whether Trump obstructed justice.

Since a redacted version of the report was released last week, Democrats are pointing to evidence that shows Trump may have tried to interfere with Mueller's probe.

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Monday, 22 April 2019 08:34 PM
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