Cummings calls for Trump's impeachment

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse Democrats reintroduce bill to reduce lobbyist influence Trump voters and progressives have a lot in common — and Biden can unite them We must act on lowering cost of prescription drugs MORE (D-Md.) on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of Democratic lawmakers calling for President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE to be impeached.

"When the history books are written about this tumultuous era, I want them to show that I was among those in the House of Representatives who stood up to lawlessness and tyranny," Cummings, the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said in a statement.


"If Senate Republicans choose to close their eyes, put party over country, and forego their duty under the Constitution, the history books will show that too."

Pressure on Democratic leadership to back impeachment has grown in recent days amid reports that Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAzar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments House Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE's son Hunter earlier this year.

Trump has defended his conversations with the Ukrainian leader and said he has authorized the release of a transcript of his July call with Zelensky.

The call has come under mounting scrutiny, while lawmakers have also demanded that the administration hand over a whistleblower complaint that reportedly raised concerns about the president's discussion with a foreign leader reportedly related to Ukraine.

“We can now see with our own eyes that the President is jeopardizing our national security," Cummings said in his statement Tuesday afternoon that alluded to remarks the president has made in recent days defending his call with Zelensky.

"He admitted to personally withholding military security aid that Congress appropriated to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression. He admitted to personally urging a foreign actor to dig up dirt on his political rival. And he personally attacked a whistleblower whose protected information is being withheld from Congress in violation of the law," Cummings said.

Cummings's statement did not directly mention efforts to impeach Trump, though a release from his office that accompanied the statement said that the Maryland Democrat "supports impeachment."

Moments later Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats point fingers on whether Capitol rioters had inside help Pelosi suggests criminal charges for any lawmaker who helped with Capitol riot Pelosi mum on when House will send impeachment article to Senate MORE (D-Calif.) announced the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry targeting Trump.

Pelosi said that the process will involve six House panels continuing their investigations under the umbrella of an impeachment inquiry. 

Cummings's support for impeachment is crucial given his committee leadership position.

He has already been aggressively pursuing investigations into the Trump administration, including on relations with Ukraine, and has battled the president on various other issues.