Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment

Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment
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Rep. Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Democrats worry party is squandering political opportunity on ObamaCare Overnight Health Care — Presented by Rare Access Action Project — Court ruling reignites ObamaCare fight for 2020 | Congress expands probe into surprise billing | Health industry racks up wins in year-end spending deal MORE (D-Ill.) on Tuesday announced support for an impeachment inquiry, becoming the second House Democrat representing a district carried by President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE in 2016 to back the move.

Underwood pointed to recent comments from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerPelosi says House will vote on bill to repeal travel ban Nadler to miss a day of impeachment trial due to wife's cancer treatment Impeachment manager dismisses concerns Schiff alienated key Republican votes: 'This isn't about any one person' 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 PappasNew Hampshire Rep. Kuster endorses Buttigieg Making waves to protect America's waters Norovirus sickened 18 at New Hampshire campaign stop 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 ClintonDershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — NFL social media accounts hacked | Dem questions border chief over controversial Facebook group | Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views Clinton on Sanders comments: 'I wasn't thinking about the election' MORE. Those lawmakers include Reps. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiSanders, Warren battle for progressive endorsements NJ lawmaker flips endorsement to Biden after Booker drops out House votes to temporarily repeal Trump SALT deduction cap MORE (N.J.), Debbie Mucarsel-PowellDebbie Mucarsel-PowellVulnerable Democrats signal support for impeachment articles this week Vulnerable Democrats swing behind impeachment push Democrats launch bilingual ad campaign off drug pricing bill MORE (Fla.), Katie Porter (Calif.), Harley RoudaHarley Edwin RoudaFifth congressional Democrat backs Bloomberg in 2020 race San Francisco mayor endorses Bloomberg Rep. Bobby Rush endorses Bloomberg's White House bid MORE (Calif.), Mike Levin (Calif.), Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonVirginia governor seeking to remove Robert E. Lee statue from US Capitol Virginia lawmakers ask governor to remove state's Robert E. Lee statue from US Capitol Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA MORE (Va.), Kim SchrierKimberly (Kim) Merle SchrierThe most expensive congressional races of the last decade The Hill's Morning Report - Vulnerable Dems are backing Trump impeachment Vulnerable Democrats signal support for impeachment articles this week MORE (Wash.) and Jason CrowJason CrowImpeachment manager dismisses concerns Schiff alienated key Republican votes: 'This isn't about any one person' Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Female impeachment managers say American public know a 'rigged' trial when they see one 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.