Some Michigan Dems still on fence regarding impeachment

President Donald J. Trump waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House after disembarking Marine One Tuesday, July 30, 2019, following his trip to Williamsburg, Va. | Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour, Flickr

Even though more than half of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives support an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, a handful of Michigan’s Democratic House members are still exercising caution.

Elissa Slotkin outside the Democratic debate | Andrew Roth

That state of affairs was on display in a recent report from the Associated Press that profiled impeachment-skeptical Democrats across the country who have fielded tough questions from constituents on the topic, among them U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly).

“I’m open to where this goes,” the AP reported Slotkin saying after a constituent asked her to voice her support and put the impeachment movement “over the top.” 

“But I think that it is important that we do it in a way that communicates clearly what we are intending. And we do it in a way that doesn’t forget about the other part of our job, which is to legislate.”

Four of the seven Democrats in Michigan’s congressional delegation have voiced their support for impeachment hearings: U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) and Dan Kildee (D-Flint). And independent U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) also is on board.

With Tlaib and Amash, Michigan becomes epicenter of Trump impeachment fight

The three Democrats who have not are Slotkin and U.S. Reps. Haley Stevens (D-Rochester) and Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn).

As for Michigan’s two U.S. senators, Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) supports an inquiry, while Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) has not endorsed that.

Debbie Dingell at a housing hearing in Detroit | Ken Coleman

U.S. Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), who was just in Detroit last week for a housing access hearing with Tlaib and Dingell, has introduced impeachment legislation. After his failed push in the wake of Trump’s comments about the progressive congresswomen known as the “Squad” — which includes Tlaib — Dingell said to Politico, “What is this country coming to? I’m not ready for impeachment, but I’m just disgusted by the rhetoric in this country.”

Spokespeople for Slotkin and Dingell did not immediately respond to requests for comment on their current impeachment stance. 

A Stevens spokesperson pointed to her statement in the wake of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s U.S. House testimony, when she said she “will continue to follow these investigations closely while remaining focused on the issues that matter most to families in my district.”

Derek Robertson
Derek Robertson is a former reporter for the Advance. Previously, he wrote for Politico Magazine in Washington. He is a Genesee County native and graduate of both Wayne State University, where he studied history, and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

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