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Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment

Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment
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Rep. Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodLauren Underwood endorses Jennifer Carroll Foy in Virginia governors race In America, women are frontliners of change New cyber panel chair zeros in on election security, SolarWinds hack MORE (D-Ill.) on Tuesday announced support for an impeachment inquiry, becoming the second House Democrat representing a district carried by President TrumpDonald TrumpRomney blasts end of filibuster, expansion of SCOTUS McConnell, GOP slam Biden's executive order on SCOTUS US raises concerns about Iran's seriousness in nuclear talks MORE in 2016 to back the move.

Underwood pointed to recent comments from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis Nadler10 Democrats join NAACP lawsuit against Trump On The Trail: How marijuana went mainstream House passes bills providing citizenship path for Dreamers, farmworkers MORE (D-N.Y.) arguing that an impeachment inquiry is effectively already underway as the panel investigates whether to pursue articles of impeachment against Trump. 

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"The petition Chairman Nadler filed on July 26 clearly states that the Judiciary Committee is investigating whether to recommend Articles of Impeachment, essentially an impeachment inquiry. I support this investigation," Underwood said in a statement.

"I have long stated that I support the impeachment-related investigation by Chairman Nadler and the others being pursued by 5 other committee chairs - the American people deserve all the facts and full transparency," Underwood added. 

Of the 31 House Democrats who represent districts that Trump won in 2016, only Underwood and Rep. Chris PappasChristopher (Chris) Charles PappasPappas fends off challenge from ex-Trump official in NH Centrist Democrats got their COVID bill, now they want a vote Trump-backed candidate wins NH GOP primary to take on Pappas MORE (D-N.H.) have endorsed an impeachment inquiry to date.

A number of other Democrats in competitive districts have also come out in favor of an impeachment inquiry, but they represent districts carried by Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi planned on retiring until Trump won election: report Pence autobiography coming from Simon & Schuster Amanda Gorman makes the cover of Vogue MORE. Those lawmakers include Reps. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiMo Brooks calls Capitol rioters 'fools' House lawmakers fired up for hearing with tech CEOs Obama ties Biden priorities to ObamaCare anniversary: 'We've still got more work to do' MORE (N.J.), Debbie Mucarsel-PowellDebbie Mucarsel-PowellTrump, Florida complicate Biden approach to Cuba The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Mastercard - Coast-to-coast fears about post-holiday COVID-19 spread The Memo: Democrats see warning signs beyond 2020 MORE (Fla.), Katie Porter (Calif.), Harley RoudaHarley Edwin RoudaCalifornia was key factor in House GOP's 2020 success Here are the 17 GOP women newly elected to the House this year Rundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day MORE (Calif.), Mike Levin (Calif.), Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonTrump the X-factor in Virginia governor race Xinjiang forced labor complex is growing — President Biden should work with Congress to curb it Acting chief acknowledges police were unprepared for mob MORE (Va.), Kim SchrierKimberly (Kim) Merle SchrierThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the National Shooting Sports Foundation - At 50 days in charge, Democrats hail American Rescue Plan as major win Democrats spar over COVID-19 vaccine strategy Democrats point fingers on whether Capitol rioters had inside help MORE (Wash.) and Jason CrowJason CrowManagers seek to make GOP think twice about Trump acquittal The GOP is in a fix: Gordian knot or existential crisis? Thousands of troops dig in for inauguration MORE (Colo.).

Underwood's statement on Tuesday, which focused on support for an inquiry rather than a vote to actually impeach Trump, came after she told "Recode Decode with Kara Swisher" in an interview published earlier this month that she was reluctant to support impeachment. 

"In my community, there’s a large cohort of people that shut down when you say 'Russia,' that you can’t even get to investigation or impeachment, because it’s just noise to them," Underwood said. 

Underwood told Recode she had not called for impeachment "because we need to move forward in a way that brings the community with us, because if I act unilaterally, or what’s perceived as unilaterally, and leave my community behind, then it looks like a power grab. And then I’m no better than him, being the president. And that’s not what we’re here for."

A majority of the 235 House Democrats have endorsed an impeachment inquiry, according to The Hill's whip list, despite Democratic leaders' reluctance to back impeachment.