Himes becomes latest Democrat to back impeachment inquiry against Trump

Himes becomes latest Democrat to back impeachment inquiry against Trump
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Rep. Jim HimesJames (Jim) Andres HimesRising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Live coverage: Mueller testifies before Congress MORE (D-Conn.), a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee, on Monday became the latest Democrat to publicly back launching impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report MORE.

"It is time for the House of Representatives to begin an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump," Himes tweeted. 

"Those that know me know that I generally shy away from sharp partisanship in favor of the negotiation and compromise required for law to be made. But there are moments for calculation. For prudence, compromise and the careful weighing of competing interests. And there are moments for clarity and conviction. This is such a moment."

Himes's announcement makes him at least the 74th Democrat to come out in support of an impeachment inquiry, despite House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Democrats bicker over strategy on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul MORE's (D-Calif.) resistance to such a move. Five other members of the House Intelligence panel have also come out in support of an inquiry.

The Connecticut lawmaker in the past has been resistant to the impeachment movement. Following Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Methane emissions continue to drop Two coal miners demand McGrath stop using their images in McConnell attack ad MORE's (D-Texas) effort to launch impeachment proceedings against Trump in 2017, Himes said his constituents "don’t see calls for an impeachment that’s not going to happen anytime soon to be in the service of making their lives better."

Despite the mounting pressure within her caucus, Pelosi has said Democrats are "not even close" to beginning the impeachment process against Trump.

"Why are we speculating on hypotheticals?" she asked during an interview with CNN's Manu Raju earlier in June. "What we’re doing is winning in court. We won a victory getting the documents from the Justice Department today for fear of further going to court.”

Pro-impeachment Democrats still represent fewer than one-quarter of the total number of the caucus.