Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna: 'I'm not there yet' on impeachment

Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaSome in Congress want to keep sending our troops to Afghanistan House panel votes to limit Trump's Germany withdrawal It's time to eliminate land-based nuclear missiles MORE (D-Calif.), in an exclusive interview with Hill.TV, broke with a growing number of progressive Democratic colleagues on whether it is time to begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' MORE.

“I'm not there yet, I believe that we need to be methodical, we need to make a case, and at the same time what I want to see is work on infrastructure to get the 2 trillion infrastructure bill, to work on lowering prescription drugs, all the other things that I can came to Congress to do," Khanna said, adding "Do I think we need to have Bob Mueller testify, Don McGahn testify, absolutely. The committees need to do their work...but I’m not where some of my colleagues are in terms of formally starting any impeachment process." 


Khanna expressed support for House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSupreme Court rulings reignite Trump oversight wars in Congress Pelosi on Baltimore's Columbus statue: 'If the community doesn't want the statue, the statue shouldn't be there' Pelosi says House won't cave to Senate on worker COVID-19 protections MORE's (D-Calif.) efforts to contain the growing calls for impeachment within the Democratic caucus. 

"Let me be clear; if Don McGahn doesn't testify, it is time to open an impeachment inquiry," House Judiciary Committee member David Cicilline (D-R.I.) told MSNBC Monday. 

“The time has come to start an impeachment inquiry because the American people deserve to know the truth and to have the opportunity to judge the gravity of the evidence and charges leveled against the president," Rep. Mary Gay ScanlonMary Gay ScanlonDemocrats introduce resolution condemning acts of violence against the press Behind every gun law is a mom marching for her children COVID-19 is no excuse for Attorney General Barr to skirt the rule of law MORE (D-Pa.), the vice chair of the Judiciary Committee, similarly told The New York Times. 

Pelosi was reportedly confronted by members advocating for impeachment Monday night in a closed door meeting and has called a Wednesday meeting of her caucus to update them on investigations into Trump. The meeting is seen as an effort to mollify impeachment hardliners within her caucus.

The speaker has said publicly that she doesn't believe impeachment would serve the Democratic party well politically and that the best way to defeat Trump is at the ballot box in 2020.