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Rep. Tom Malinowski. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Malinowski backs start of impeachment inquiry

By Nikita Biryukov, May 22 2019 12:59 pm

Rep. Tom Malinowski says he is prepared to start the process of an inquiry into the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

“I’ve come to think that it is warranted at this point given what appears to be across-the-board defiance of congressional oversight and the rule of law by the administration,” the first-term congressman told NBC News Tuesday.

Malinowski has said he has not come to any conclusion about impeachment.

House Democrats are growing increasingly bold on impeachment as President Donald Trump continues to defy their investigations.

Earlier this week, Trump ordered White House Counsel Don McGahn to ignore a subpoena issued by Democrats on the House Judiciary committee. McGahn did, and Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) has vowed to take the issue to the courts.

The call for impeachment is a potentially risky move for Malinowski, whose district Republicans held between 1956 and 2018, and Republican operatives didn’t wait long to level attacks over the issue.

“Tom Malinowski is making it clear that he plans to spend zero time working on issues New Jerseyans actually care about — like fixing health care and improving the economy — and instead wants to waste time obsessing over baselessly impeaching President Trump. Bold move,” Congressional Leadership Fund spokesman Calvin Moore said.

Editor’s note: an earlier version of this story was not clear as to Malinowski’s position.  He favors a start of an inquiry, but has not said how he would vote on the question of impeachment.

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5 thoughts on “Malinowski backs start of impeachment inquiry

  1. Calvin Moore you are wrong. Tom works every day to make things better for New Jersey and part of that includes stopping the distraction that is trump. trump has consistently defied Congress and the rule of law. He is a danger to our democracy. Tom has made the right decision. It’s appalling that there are republicans who continue to enable this man in his destruction of one of the world’s great democracies.

    1. New Jerseyans DO care whether we have decent, trustworthy politicians running our country. We want them to be law-abiding men and women who do their jobs, which, of course, includes oversight.

  2. Mr. Moore is clearly unaware of all that Tom has done in his short career in office to address issues of concern to constituents. Let’s see, in no particular order:
    -cosponsored a bill to restore the SALT deduction, to undo the damage that the GOP tax law wreaked on NJ’ans like me.
    -has been fighting ceaselessly for the Gateway Tunnel for NJ
    -voted to pass the Save the Internet Act, aimed at restoring the net neutrality protections rolled back by this Administration. He is an original co-sponsor of the bill.
    -voted to pass H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act. The Act rescinds the Trump Administration’s 2018 Section 1332 waiver guidance, which give states the ability to weaken the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) critical protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.

    He’s done a lot more than that, but issues like infrastructure, protecting people from losing health insurance and from losing pre-existing conditions protections, restoring net neutrality are all issues of concern to people in our district and that he has been fighting for. FInally, to suggest that he shouldn’t be supporting efforts to protect our constitution, our system of checks and balances, and our democracy is a sad statement on the part of Mr. Moore.

  3. When in these Republican strongholds & a Freshman it is difficult to take these stands. He shows courage & commitment to democracy but he is in tough spot .

  4. The Congressman won’t come outright and say impeachment because he knows a good percentage of his constituents made of Republicans and Independents wouldn’t support it. He would have support from Democrats but risks dividing the district so he tap dances around the issue by supporting an inquiry to impeachment.

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