Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment

Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment
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Rep. Lauren UnderwoodLauren UnderwoodIlhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley dance to Lizzo's 'Truth Hurts' in video The Hill's Morning Report - US coastline readies for Hurricane Dorian to make landfall Swing-seat Democrats oppose impeachment, handing Pelosi leverage MORE (D-Ill.) on Tuesday announced support for an impeachment inquiry, becoming the second House Democrat representing a district carried by President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE in 2016 to back the move.

Underwood pointed to recent comments from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerJudiciary Committee chairman Nadler dismisses Kavanaugh impeachment calls Nadler: Trump impeachment needed 'to vindicate the Constitution' Words matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump 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 PappasThe Hill's Morning Report - US coastline readies for Hurricane Dorian to make landfall Swing-seat Democrats oppose impeachment, handing Pelosi leverage Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment 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 ClintonTrump's economic approval takes hit in battleground states: poll This is how Democrats will ensure Trump's re-election The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE. Those lawmakers include Reps. Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiSwing-seat Democrats oppose impeachment, handing Pelosi leverage Democrats press FBI, DHS on response to white supremacist violence Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment MORE (N.J.), Debbie Mucarsel-PowellDebbie Mucarsel-PowellGun epidemic is personal for lawmakers touched by violence Democrats race against clock with push for impeachment Wave of GOP retirements threatens 2020 comeback MORE (Fla.), Katie Porter (Calif.), Harley RoudaHarley Edwin RoudaFederal funding for Chinese buses risks our national security Swing-seat Democrats oppose impeachment, handing Pelosi leverage Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment MORE (Calif.), Mike Levin (Calif.), Jennifer WextonJennifer Lynn WextonSwing-seat Democrats oppose impeachment, handing Pelosi leverage Gun debate raises stakes in battle for Virginia legislature Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment MORE (Va.), Kim SchrierKimberly (Kim) Merle SchrierSwing-seat Democrats oppose impeachment, handing Pelosi leverage Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment House Democrats inch toward majority support for impeachment MORE (Wash.) and Jason CrowJason CrowOvernight Defense: Trump ousts Bolton in shocker | Fallout, reaction from GOP senators | Senate spending talks in chaos | Dems eye vote to nix Trump border emergency Swing-seat Democrats oppose impeachment, handing Pelosi leverage Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment 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.