Thus far, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has resisted holding an impeachment vote against Donald Trump. A vote would be broadly supported by Democratic voters. An August poll conducted by Harris showed that 67% of left leaning voters wanted proceedings to begin on the President.
Detractors of proposed hearings argue that since Republicans hold the Senate, the hearings would end up going nowhere. Supporters of the measure, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, say that Congress needs to vote so that every Republican senator would be put on record.
The New York City congresswoman says that it’s all about legacy, “We have to do our job. Once the House impeaches, the House has impeached the president and then that hearing goes to the Senate. If they want to fail it, then I want to see every Republican go on the record and knowingly vote against impeachment of this president, knowing his corruption, having it on the record so that they can have that stain on their careers for the rest of their lives.”
“This president will not last. Whether he’s voted out next year or whether he serves another term, this president will not last, but those members in the Senate need to carry that legacy and they need to go to bat for what they’re doing. The corruption of this president knows no bounds, and in order to protect our democracy we have to impeach him.”
On the last count, 134 congressional Democrats have called for impeachment hearings on Trump to begin.