By Spencer Feingold
Congresswoman Maxine Waters, one of the earliest lawmakers to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, says she is confident that support for removing the president from office will increase.
"As we go through our constitutional responsibility of doing oversight and investigation ... people are going to learn more, and I'm confident that the support for impeachment will grow," Waters (D-Calif.) told Cheddar in an interview over the weekend.
Already dozens of Democrats in Congress have publicly expressed support for starting impeachment proceedings in the House, especially after special counsel Robert Mueller released his report on the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Those on board include major names ranging from freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and House majority whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.).
"We do believe that if we sufficiently, effectively educate the public, then we will have done our jobs, and we can move on an impeachment vote and it will stand," Clyburn told CNN on Sunday.
Last month, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) also became the first Republican to call for impeachment. "Mueller's report reveals that President Trump engaged in specific actions and a pattern of behavior that meet the threshold for impeachment," Amash said in a tweet.
Yet, the push for impeachment has been slowed by Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who has withheld her support citing concern over inflaming Trump's base, a lack of broad public support, and the Republican-controlled Senate.
Waters said, however, that public support is growing — a notion that is supported by public polling. In May, 45 percent of Americans said that Trump should be impeached, an increase of 5 percent from the month prior, according to a Reuters/Ipsos survey released last month.
"I started early. I wanted to create a conversation about impeachment and why I thought it was important and why I thought that our constitution was at stake, our democracy was at stake," Waters said. "The conversation has started, and it is growing and I'm looking forward to more members coming on."
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