U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch is the third member of Florida’s Democratic congressional delegation to support impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
He made that declaration in an op-ed published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Thursday.
“The remedies for presidential misconduct, including impeachment, are in Congress’s hands,” writes Deutch, who represents the Boca Raton area. “Now that we have Special Counsel Mueller’s report and testimony, it is time for the witnesses of the President’s wrongdoing to appear before the committee as part of our ongoing investigation.”
Deutch is the 23rd Democrat to come out in support of impeachment since special counsel Robert Mueller appeared before Congress last week, where he affirmed his report that Trump attempted to obstruct justice in his probe into Russian influence on the 2016 presidential election.
There are now 118 Democrats in support of impeachment, but Deutch is only the third member from Florida. U.S. Reps. Val Demings from Orlando and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell from South Florida are the other two members.
Deutch is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which previously needed to have a resolution to consider impeachment before it could get subpoena authority and financial resources.
But that changed, Deutch maintains, when Republican leaders gave committee chairs broad subpoena powers in 2015.
“No additional step is required,” he writes. “No magic words need to be uttered on the House floor. No vote to authorize an impeachment inquiry is necessary.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said last week that his committee was “in effect” already conducting an impeachment investigation, though he did not use that exact term.
“The committee is exercising its authority to investigate all of these scandals and to decide what to do about them, which could include articles of impeachment,” Nadler said last Friday in Washington. “Whether you call that an inquiry, or whatever you want to call that, that’s what we’ve been doing, and are doing, and will continue to do.”