Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing new pressure from House Democrats to open impeachment proceedings as she planned to meet with her party behind closed doors on Wednesday
to discuss President Donald Trump’s defiance of congressional investigations.
Several influential Democratic lawmakers, including a few top Pelosi lieutenants, in recent days joined calls to begin an impeachment inquiry, spurred by Trump’s move to prevent former White House Counsel Don McGahn from testifying before the House Judiciary Committee.
Pelosi, who was also scheduled to meet with Trump on Wednesday to discuss infrastructure proposals, remains deeply reluctant to pursue impeachment, worried that the move could backfire on her party and motivate Trump’s base. But her strategy is coming under greater second-guessing.
In at least two private meetings, Pelosi was pressed by Democrats to consider moving more quickly towards impeachment. In one of the meetings, Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler conveyed that some of his panel’s Democrats now want to pursue that option, according to a House official.