House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shot down repeated attempts by Congress members of her own party, including Colorado's Joe Neguse and Diana DeGette, to move forward on an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on Monday.
Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., insisted on impeachment during a Democratic Steering and Policy Committee meeting, but Pelosi was unmoved.
"This is not about politics, it's about what's best for the American people," Pelosi said, a member at the meeting told Politico.
During a separate meeting in Pelosi’s office Monday, Neguse, D-Lafayette, along with Democrats David Cicilline of Rhode Island and Jamie Raskin of Maryland, made another case to launch impeachment proceedings.
DeGette, D-Denver, said on Twitter that it's time for Congress to act.
“The facts laid out in the Mueller report, coupled with this administration’s ongoing attempts to stonewall Congress, leave us no other choice,” DeGette tweeted. “It is time for Congress to officially launch an impeachment inquiry against the President of the United States."
Pelosi, along with Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut, again dismissed the suggestion, warning that talk of impeachment is getting in the way of advancing Democrats' message.
If former White House counsel Don McGahn fails to adhere to a subpoena to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Cicilline said the House may have no other options but impeachment.
“I think if this pattern by the president continues, where he’s going to impede and prevent and undermine our ability to gather evidence to do our job, we’re going to be left with no choice,” Cicilline said.
The Trump administration has instructed McGahn to not appear before the panel to testify about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, setting up a second contempt vote in Congress.
Under the constitution, a simple majority vote of the Democrat-led House would be enough to impeach Trump. A trial would then be held in the Republican-led Senate, where a two-thirds majority vote would be needed to remove the president from office.
President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House in December 1998 but was acquitted by the Senate the following February and remained in office.
Colorado Politics contributed.