Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment

Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment
© Greg Nash

Rep. Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodKatie Hill launches effort to protect Democratic majority in House Overnight Hillicon Valley — Hacking goes global Report pushes for changes to diversify 'homogeneous' US cybersecurity workforce MORE (D-Ill.) on Tuesday announced support for an impeachment inquiry, becoming the second House Democrat representing a district carried by President TrumpDonald TrumpUN meeting with US, France canceled over scheduling issue Trump sues NYT, Mary Trump over story on tax history McConnell, Shelby offer government funding bill without debt ceiling MORE in 2016 to back the move.

Underwood pointed to recent comments from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBiden to raise refugee cap to 125,000 in October Ocasio-Cortez, Bush push to add expanded unemployment in .5T spending plan Angelina Jolie spotted in Capitol meeting with senators 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 PappasOvernight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program Scott Brown's wife files to run for Congress New Hampshire Republican Matt Mowers jumps into key House race, setting up 2020 rematch 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 ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE. Those lawmakers include Reps. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to reboot COVID-19 plan House Ethics panel reviewing Rep. Malinowski's stock trades Overnight Health Care — US hits new vaccine milestone MORE (N.J.), Debbie Mucarsel-PowellDebbie Mucarsel-PowellDemocrats face bleak outlook in Florida Nation's fraught politics leads to fear, scars and exits 'Blue wave' Democrats eye comebacks after losing reelection MORE (Fla.), Katie Porter (Calif.), Harley RoudaHarley Edwin Rouda'Blue wave' Democrats eye comebacks after losing reelection Former Rep. Rohrabacher says he took part in Jan. 6 march to Capitol but did not storm building Republicans race for distance from 'America First Caucus' MORE (Calif.), Mike Levin (Calif.), Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonVirginia races offer an early preview of Democrats' midterm challenges Late Capitol Police officer's family urges Congress to agree to Jan. 6 commission Administration withdraws Trump-era proposal to loosen protections for transgender homeless people MORE (Va.), Kim SchrierKimberly (Kim) Merle SchrierKatie Hill launches effort to protect Democratic majority in House Overnight Health Care: Fauci clashes with Paul - again | New York reaches .1B settlement with opioid distributors | Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of US COVID-19 cases Abortion rights group endorsing 12 House Democrats ahead of midterms MORE (Wash.) and Jason CrowJason CrowOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Afghan evacuation still frustrates Bipartisan momentum builds for war on terror memorial Democrats face full legislative plate and rising tensions 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.