House Democrat shares text exchange with son about impeachment inquiry

Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday called for Congress to launch an impeachment inquiry against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump says 'Failing New York Times' should be held 'fully accountable' over Russia report Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants MORE and shared a text message exchange with her son explaining what it means. 

"Many of you probably have the same questions about as my son," Scanlon tweeted. "I thought I’d share our text exchange."

The post included texts in which Scanlon's son voiced questions about what an impeachment inquiry is and how it differs from what is taking place currently in Congress. 

"An impeachment inquiry is a process," Scanlon responded. "Congress and the American people need to review and evaluate the evidence of the President’s obstruction of justice and abuses of power. The result of the inquiry would inform, if any, articles of impeachment the House votes on."

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Scanlon's son later noted that most Americans likely have bigger concerns than impeachment. 

"Let the Rs keep trying to criminalize abortion and take people's healthcare away and see how concerned people are about political battles in the house," Scanlon's son said, in reference to Republicans, to which Scanlon replied, "I think we agree on that."

"Oops did I just mansplain that to a Congresswoman?" her son responded. 

"Nope — you just reassured your mom," Scanlon replied. 

Scanlon on Monday joined the growing calls from Democratic lawmakers to launch an impeachment inquiry against Trump. The Pennsylvania congresswoman said in a statement that Trump's "refusal to produce evidence or permit witness testimony" led her to the decision. 

"No one is above the rule of law. 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," she said. 

The request came a day after Trump ordered former White House counsel Don McGahn to defy a House Judiciary Committee subpoena for his testimony. McGahn followed the directive and did not appear for the House panel's hearing on Tuesday. 

House Democrats were hoping to question McGahn about issues related to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's report.