Slotkin, Dingell, 6 freshmen back impeachment inquiry

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Updated, 10:21 p.m. 9/23/19 with addition of Dingell

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) was one of seven marginal U.S. House freshmen Democrats to write a Washington Post op-ed Monday night supporting an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, leading many observers to say the dam is breaking on formal hearings.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell | Andrew Roth

A little more than an hour after the op-ed dropped, U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) also joined the call in an appearance on “The Last Word” on MSNBC.*

“We have no choice now but to launch an investigation that is going to give us the facts,” she said.

Slotkin, former CIA analyst and former acting assistant secretary of defense, talked earlier on Monday about the whistleblower complaint that allegedly details Trump asking the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, who’s running for president in 2020.

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“For me, this feels and smells differently,” Slotkin told the Advance while doing strike support work for UAW workers in Lansing. “It’s one thing for candidate Trump to do it, and it’s another thing for President Trump to do it.”

As it turned out, that was foreshadowing for the column that would be published hours later, in which the freshmen Democrats write in the piece titled, “These allegations are a threat to all we have sworn to protect”:

“If these allegations are true, we believe these actions represent an impeachable offense. We do not arrive at this conclusion lightly, and we call on our colleagues in Congress to consider the use of all congressional authorities available to us, including the power of ‘inherent contempt’ and impeachment hearings, to address these new allegations, find the truth and protect our national security.”

The other Democrats writing the column are: U.S. Reps. Gil Cisneros of CaliforniaJason Crow of ColoradoChrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, Elaine Luria of VirginiaMikie Sherrill of New Jersey and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia.

U.S. House Democrats advance impeachment investigation 

With Slotkin and Dingell, there are now seven of Michigan’s 14-member U.S. House delegation who back impeachment hearings. Four others are Democrats: U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit, Dan Kildee of Flint, Andy Levin of Bloomfield Township and Brenda Lawrence of Southfield. The only independent in the body, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash of Cascade Township, left the GOP after coming out for impeachment. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Lansing) also backs hearings.*

The House Democratic caucus is set to meet Tuesday.

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Susan J. Demas is an 18-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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