East Bay Rep. Barbara Lee has seemingly always been in favor of impeaching President Trump. It took Rep. Eric Swalwell some time to come around to the idea, despite being one of the leading cable news talking heads speaking out against Trump.
But Rep. Ro Khanna, the third prong of Alameda County’s congressional resistance to the Trump administration, has long been wary of pursuing impeachment at this time, offering a position that mirrors Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reticence toward the process.
Therefore, it was unsurprising that Khanna was the only member of the East Bay congressional caucus to vote Wednesday afternoon in favor of tabling an impeachment resolution offering in the House of Representatives.
The vote to table the resolution, introduced by Democrat Rep. Al Green of Texas, was successful, 332-95, but effectively killed the resolution that could have kickstarted Articles of Impeachment.
Lee and Swalwell, meanwhile, were two of 95 House members who supported moving forward with the resolution. Although, the resolution was scuttled by a large margin, the number of congressmembers willing to entertain impeachment has grown from 58 in December 2017 to 68 and now somewhere between 80 and 95.
Lee has labeled Trump racist and unfit to serve as president on numerous occasions. She is also a co-sponsor for a separate impeachment resolution introduced by Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Swalwell, however, only came out for impeachment last month, according to CNN, telling reporters on June 13 that Trump’s “relentless attacks on our rule of law and numerous efforts to obstruct justice and Congress have reached such a point to require extraordinary action. It’s time for Congress to open an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.”