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.