Clyburn says House would move forward on impeachment vote without GOP support

Clyburn says House would move forward on impeachment vote without GOP support
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A top House Democrat predicted on Sunday that the lower chamber would move forward with a vote on impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE without support from GOP lawmakers.

When asked by CNN’s Dana BashDana BashEvelyn Yang shares that she was sexually assaulted by doctor Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' Republicans attack Pelosi for impeachment stalemate MORE on “State of the Union” if he would support a House vote on impeachment without backing from Republican colleagues, Rep. Jim ClyburnJames (Jim) Enos ClyburnTop Democrat: 'Obstruction of justice' is 'too clear not to include' in impeachment probe GOP senator blasts Dem bills on 'opportunity zones' Harris: Suggestion that older African Americans are homophobic 'just nonsense' MORE (D-S.C.) said, “We would. Absolutely.”

“I think when we talk about bipartisan support, we’re not limiting that to the Congress,” Clyburn said, referring to  Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE’s (D-Calif.) statement from March, when she said impeachment needed bipartisan support to be successful in Congress.

“I don’t think she was limiting that to the Congress,” he added. “She knows the Congress very well, and she knows how Republican colleagues are prone to vote on these issues within the party.”

Clyburn cited polls showing the American public increasingly supporting an impeachment inquiry. These recent surveys have mainly shown a rise in support of the investigation among independents.

Bash then asked if Clyburn thought GOP lawmakers would change their minds to reflect public opinion. 

“Well, that may be true,” he said. “But what’s that level we have to get to for them to have to change?”

Pelosi launched an impeachment inquiry after a whistleblower report surfaced showing President Trump asked the Ukrainian president for an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenNYT editorial board endorses Warren, Klobuchar for Democratic nomination for president Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Biden breaks away from 2020 pack in South Carolina MORE and his son. 

The House voted along party lines last Thursday to support the impeachment inquiry rules. No GOP lawmakers supported the measure in the lower chamber's first vote on the inquiry. 

Three House committees have been holding closed-door hearings with former and current Trump officials as part of the inquiry.