Judiciary Democrat: 'Most of us have been led to the position that an impeachment inquiry is warranted'

Judiciary Democrat: 'Most of us have been led to the position that an impeachment inquiry is warranted'
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House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Jamie RaskinJamin (Jamie) Ben RaskinHouse panel investigating decision to resume federal executions Pelosi, allies seek to keep gun debate focused on McConnell Pelosi backers feel vindicated after tumultuous stretch MORE (D-Md.) said Wednesday that an impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren unveils Native American policy plan Live-action 'Mulan' star spurs calls for boycott with support of Hong Kong police Don't let other countries unfairly tax America's most innovative companies MORE is "warranted."

Raskin cited the Trump administration's "aggressive obstruction" of congressional attempts to get information in a number of congressional subpoenas

Raskin, asked by The Washington Post whether a majority of the caucus was on board yet with impeachment, said it was "hard to know."


"Hard to know, but this conversation is built into the committee system," he said. "We are intimately familiar with the president’s aggressive obstruction of the congressional fact-finding function," he added. "So most of us have been led to the position that an impeachment inquiry is warranted."

Raskin added that he believes there should be an impeachment inquiry based on "overwhelming evidence" presented in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE's report into Russian election interference and possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

"Overwhelming evidence has been presented to us in the Mueller report, and outside of it too, of high crimes and misdemeanors, and we should launch an impeachment inquiry," he said. "Remember, an inquiry doesn’t prejudge the outcome. We’re not talking about articles of impeachment." 

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffNew intel chief inherits host of challenges Schiff: Intelligence officials' retirements a 'devastating loss' Deputy intelligence director under Trump resigns MORE (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that he believes the case for an impeachment inquiry is "getting stronger" as the administration continues to "stonewall" Congress.

His comments come after the Trump administration rejected several congressional subpoenas in recent weeks.

Last week, the White House rejected a House Judiciary Committee subpoena for oversight records. The Treasury Department also defied a congressional demand for Trump's tax returns, and, on Tuesday, former White House counsel Don McGahn did not appear to testify before the House despite a subpoena. 

Schiff, who was once skeptical of impeachment, said Sunday that impeachment could be a "tool" to gain information. 

An impeachment inquiry is an investigation and is not an impeachment floor vote to bring charges against the president.