Democratic Chairmen Have Second Thoughts on Impeachment

House Democratic chairmen who cast votes in favor of impeaching President Trump while Republicans controlled the chamber now say it’s too soon to hit the gas on starting impeachment proceedings.

The senior Democratic lawmakers, who voted in favor of impeachment articles from Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) in the last Congress, are largely toeing their leadership’s line of caution, saying committees should move forward with investigations of Trump.

The committee leaders who voted in favor of Green’s impeachment articles in 2017 and 2018 either once or both times include Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (N.Y.), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (Miss.), Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (Mass.), Science Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (N.J.), Small Business Committee Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (N.Y.) and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.).

Engel and Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) are both leading investigations of Trump; Waters is notable in having called for Trump’s impeachment before and after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Read more at The Hill.