House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced federal lawmakers will begin an impeachment investigation into Republican President Donald Trump over allegations he misused his office to pressure the president of Ukraine to investigate the family of Democratic political rival Joe Biden.
The Trump administration is withholding from Congress a whistleblower complaint at least partly related to that matter.
“Today I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," Pelosi, a Baltimore native, said Tuesday at a news conference. “ ... The president must be held accountable.”
Pelosi’s comments came after she met with House committee chairs and members of the Democratic caucus. Many House Democrats, both moderates and progressives, have endorsed impeachment proceedings against Trump.
So, where do the Maryland members stand?
Andy Harris, District 1
The sole Republican in the Maryland delegation has been a supporter of President Trump and his agenda, and it’s unlikely he would support any impeachment proceedings.
Harris’ office did not respond Tuesday to requests for comment.
C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, District 2
Ruppersberger, a Baltimore Democrat, said in a statement Tuesday that it appears Trump has committed a “credible abuse of power.”
“I have resisted calls to begin formal impeachment proceedings against the president until we had clear, indisputable evidence that transcends politics," Ruppersberger said.
"The president admitted that he encouraged a foreign leader to dig up dirt on his political opponent. He has admitted he broke the law in blocking congressionally appropriated taxpayer dollars to Ukraine. And he’s engaging in a cover-up by refusing to release the whistleblower complaint as required by the law ... We have no choice but to start a formal impeachment inquiry and hearings.”
John Sarbanes, District 3
Sarbanes, a Towson Democrat and a member of the House Oversight Committee, tweeted Tuesday that the president engaged in impeachable conduct.
“Trump’s attempt to pressure a foreign government to interfere in the 2020 election is a blatant abuse of power. His actions constitute a direct attack on our democracy and signify an unprecedented new level of corruption and lawlessness in the White House,” Sarbanes said in a statement. “By any measure, this is impeachable conduct on the part of the president. Every House committee of relevant jurisdiction must move aggressively to gather the underlying evidence and press forward with our efforts to hold President Trump accountable.”
Anthony Brown, District 4
The former lieutenant governor, a Largo Democrat, also said he supports the Judiciary Committee opening “a formal inquiry into whether to recommend impeachment of President Trump."
“It appears that President Trump extorted a foreign leader to aid his reelection. Donald Trump must be impeached and the House of Representatives should vote immediately to begin impeachment proceedings or consider articles of impeachment. We must stop this President who is willing to abuse his power and violate the law with impunity," Brown said in a statement.
Steny Hoyer, District 5
The No. 2 Democrat in the House and a Mechanicsville Democrat, Hoyer is second in command to Pelosi, who previously argued that moving forward with impeachment proceedings, which are sure to go nowhere in the Republican-controlled Senate, would be fruitless and politically damaging to Democrats so close to the 2020 election.
On Tuesday, Hoyer said he fully supports “Congress moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”
“I have grave concerns about the president’s troubling admission that he sought Ukrainian interference in the 2020 election, undermining America’s national security,” Hoyer said. “As the relevant committees continue their investigations under the umbrella of the impeachment inquiry, we will continue to pursue the facts and follow them wherever they lead, including to articles of impeachment."
David Trone, District 6
Trone, a Potomac Democrat, has said he supports the efforts of House Democrats and the Judiciary Committee to hold Trump accountable.
“The president’s actions with respect to Ukraine are reprehensible: withholding foreign aid approved by Congress in order to pressure a foreign country to dig up dirt on his political rival is the definition of corruption," Trone said Tuesday. “Withholding information about those conversations from Congress is the definition of a cover up. His actions are arrogant and lawless.”
Elijah Cummings, District 7
The House Oversight chairman from Baltimore has clashed publicly with Trump, who called his district a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess" over the summer. On Tuesday, Cummings called for the first time for impeachment.
“We can now see with our own eyes that the president is jeopardizing our national security," Cummings said in a statement. “He admitted to personally withholding military security aid that Congress appropriated to help Ukraine counter Russian aggression. He admitted to personally urging a foreign actor to dig up dirt on his political rival. And he personally attacked a whistleblower whose protected information is being withheld from Congress in violation of the law."
“Pressing a foreign actor to interfere in our national elections is a fundamental corruption of our democracy, an affront to the Constitution, and a grave breach of his oath of office."
Jamie Raskin, District 8
Raskin, a Takoma Park Democrat, said this summer that he supported opening an investigation into whether to impeach Trump.
“Remember, an inquiry doesn’t prejudge the outcome,” Raskin told The Washington Post on May 21. “We’re not talking about articles of impeachment.”
On Tuesday, he tweeted his approval of Pelosi’s move, saying “Full steam ahead on the House impeachment inquiry.”
Sen. Chris Van Hollen
On Tuesday, Van Hollen threw his support behind the House’s potential impeachment inquiry into Trump.
“I have not come to this decision lightly — and I regret that the president’s actions require these measures. But the American people deserve the truth and confidence in their government, and I support an impeachment inquiry in order to expose the facts and protect our democracy.”
Sen. Ben Cardin
Cardin, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Wednesday that an impeachment inquiry is “the only constitutional course available” for public to learn whether Trump has violated his presidential responsibilities.
“In the last few days, President Trump has admitted to urging the leader of Ukraine to investigate a political rival," Cardin said in a statement. "Our country is still reeling from foreign interference in our 2016 national elections, and yet the president of the United States sought the direct assistance of a foreign government that would benefit his own political campaign. President Trump has shown disdain for the rule of law in so many instances, including attempting to obstruct justice, refusing to abide by the constitutional anti-corruption clauses, and flouting the most basic ethics and conflict-of-interest laws and regulations. "
Baltimore Sun reporter Luke Broadwater and The Associated Press contributed to this article.