Cummings calls for Trump's impeachment

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCongressional investigation finds Coast Guard leadership fell short on handling bullying Trump request for Ukrainian 'favor' tops notable quote list Impeachment can't wait MORE (D-Md.) on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of Democratic lawmakers calling for President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 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.

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"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 BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play 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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left 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.