Pressure is growing on top Democrats in Congress to start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
According to the Washington Post, members of Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s leadership team — as well as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler — are pressing the House Speaking to support an impeachment inquiry against Trump.
“This feels like a tipping point,” said CNN host John Berman on Tuesday, commenting on the report.
“I think you’re right, I think there’s a huge conversation going on inside the Democratic Party about this,” said CNN’s political director David Chalian.
“There is no doubt. I always think for Democrats it’s probably wrong to bet against Nancy Pelosi on getting to where she wants to get. She’s proven to be a pretty strong leader of her caucus, but it just seems that the caucus is in this inexorable movement now towards a potential impeachment inquiry.
“My ears perked up when you interviewed Congresswoman Jackie Speier and she said that certainly she’s ready at the place for an impeachment inquiry and that it doesn’t necessarily mean getting an actual vote on impeachment on the House floor and launching a Senate trial,” Chalian continued.
“That it could just be the laying out the facts that an impeachment inquiry can do for the American people and stop short of the impeachment vote because they know the political reality of that. That to me is an interesting middle ground.”
‘Reality is hard to ignore’: CNN’s Chris Cuomo clashes with GOP congressman over Ukraine testimony
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," anchor Chris Cuomo traded barbs with Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), who tried to claim there was no evidence Trump committed any wrongdoing in Ukraine — and was repeatedly smacked down.
"What this was was an opening statement with no cross-examination," said Mullin. "What I was told by my Republican colleagues, John Radcliffe tore this apart piece by piece in less than two minutes. We don't know this because it's not open and transparent."
"This is the investigation, though. Just to make it clear for the audience," said Cuomo. "You don't usually get, as a defendant, a team in there to help new an investigation. But Republicans are there and you asked him to take the job as a lifelong Republican."
DOJ is ‘aiding and abetting’ the Ukraine conspiracy — because they know it goes to the top: Nixon’s John Dean
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean said that President Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal has all the makings of a criminal conspiracy — and that the Justice Department needs to immediately investigate the actors in the Ukraine conspiracy.
"John, I want to read you part of what [EU] Ambassador [Gordon] Sondland said during his testimony last week," said Cooper. "He said, 'Inviting a foreign government to undertake investigations for the purpose of influencing an upcoming U.S. election would be wrong. Withholding foreign aid in order to pressure a foreign government to take such steps would be wrong. I did not and would not ever participate in such undertakings.' Now, according to Taylor’s testimony today, I mean that’s exactly what he did at the behest of President Trump."
Sondland’s ‘clueless’ denials of a quid pro quo look worse than ever after today’s testimony: CNN’s Toobin
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin told host Wolf Blitzer that President Donald Trump's Ukraine envoy Bill Taylor more or less wrecked any credibility that EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland had in his denials of a Ukraine quid pro quo.
"Let me read a portion of his opening statement," said Blitzer. "He writes this: Ambassador Sondland told me that President Trump told him he wants President Zelensky to state publicly that Ukraine will investigate Burisma, the gas and oil company that Hunter Biden was on the board of, and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election. Then he said this, I'm quoting: Ambassador Sondland said everything was dependent on such an announcement including security assistance. He said that President Trump wanted Zelensky in a public box by making a public statement by ordering such investigations. That's clearly a quid pro quo."