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

Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden eyes new leadership at troubled public lands agency | House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally | Trump administration pushes for rollback of Arctic offshore drilling regulations House progressives tout their growing numbers in the chamber at climate rally 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 TrumpBiden adds to vote margin over Trump after Milwaukee County recount Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden 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 PelosiGovernors take heat for violating their own coronavirus restrictions Spending deal clears obstacle in shutdown fight Ocasio-Cortez, Cruz trade jabs over COVID-19 relief: People 'going hungry as you tweet from' vacation 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 ScanlonDemocratic Women's Caucus members split endorsements for House campaign chief Bipartisan lawmakers condemn Trump for declaring victory prematurely Progressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' 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.