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A wave of lawmakers from the state of Washington on Sunday called for an impeachment inquiry against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSharpton: Trump has ‘particular venom’ for blacks, people of color Trump signs 9/11 compensation fund bill alongside first responders Trump continues assault on Fed: It ‘has made all of the wrong moves’ MORE, making it so that nearly half of the House Democratic Caucus now supports the move.

The call from the five Washington state Democrats — Reps. Derek KilmerDerek Christian KilmerSenate committee advances ‘deepfakes’ legislation House Democrats delete tweets attacking each other, pledge to unify Berkeley professor warns deepfake technology being ‘weaponized’ against women MORE, Kim SchrierKimberly (Kim) Merle SchrierNo. 3 Senate Democrat calls for House to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump Lawmakers put spotlight on youth homelessness Democrats ‘shooting holes in their own boat’ with single-payer plan MORE, Suzan DelBeneSuzan Kay DelBene Trump unveils plan to help kidney patients in push to lower health costs Democrats struggle with repeal of key Trump tax provision NewDems put ideas over politics at ‘NEXT’ — a policy conference MORE and Denny HeckDennis (Denny) Lynn HeckExclusive: Guccifer 2.0 hacked memos expand on Pennsylvania House races Heck enjoys second political wind Incoming lawmaker feeling a bit overwhelmed MORE as well as Sen. Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayThe Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s new target: Elijah Cummings Wave of Washington state lawmakers call for impeachment proceedings against Trump No. 3 Senate Democrat calls for House to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump MORE — came four days after former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: ‘I’d like to know’ if Mueller read his own report MORE testified to Congress.

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Although Mueller revealed little that wasn’t already included in his 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, 11 lawmakers have moved to begin supporting an impeachment inquiry since the testimony.

The investigation did not find sufficient evidence to prove conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia during the election, and it neither implicated nor cleared Trump on the question of obstruction of justice.

Trump touted the hearings as a success, declaring the “phony cloud” cast by the investigation had been lifted and insisted “there was no defense to this ridiculous hoax, this witch hunt.”

Over the weekend, however, he took aim at House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsSharpton: Trump has ‘particular venom’ for blacks, people of color Trump says Sanders should be labeled a racist for remarks on Baltimore Trump starts another day with Cummings attack: ’25 years of all talk, no action!’ MORE (D-Md.), an African American lawmaker whose committee is conducting several investigations into the Trump administration. Trump’s comments about Cummings and the city of Baltimore were widely condemned by Democrats as racist.

Under Cummings, the committee has voted to hold Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrFormer public defender: DOJ plan to resume federal executions a ‘recipe for problems’ The death penalty is racially biased, fiscally irresponsible and very inaccurate Trump starts another day with Cummings attack: ’25 years of all talk, no action!’ MORE and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossTrump starts another day with Cummings attack: ’25 years of all talk, no action!’ Wave of Washington state lawmakers call for impeachment proceedings against Trump Trump spends weekend lashing out at Cummings MORE in contempt for defying subpoenas; heard testimony from former Trump attorney Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenTrump starts another day with Cummings attack: ’25 years of all talk, no action!’ Wave of Washington state lawmakers call for impeachment proceedings against Trump Trump spends weekend lashing out at Cummings MORE; held a hearing on conditions at the southern border; and last week authorized a subpoena for official communications from senior White House advisers Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpTrump starts another day with Cummings attack: ’25 years of all talk, no action!’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s new target: Elijah Cummings Wave of Washington state lawmakers call for impeachment proceedings against Trump MORE and Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump starts another day with Cummings attack: ’25 years of all talk, no action!’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s new target: Elijah Cummings Wave of Washington state lawmakers call for impeachment proceedings against Trump MORE.

It marked the second time in three weeks that Trump targeted a prominent minority Democratic lawmaker and in many ways mirrored the way his attacks on Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezWave of Washington state lawmakers call for impeachment proceedings against Trump Trump spends weekend lashing out at Cummings Trump says there’s ‘nothing racist’ in attacks against Cummings MORE (D-N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSharpton: Trump has ‘particular venom’ for blacks, people of color Kentucky county Democratic Party headquarters vandalized with messages disparaging Ocasio-Cortez Trump starts another day with Cummings attack: ’25 years of all talk, no action!’ MORE (D-Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSharpton: Trump has ‘particular venom’ for blacks, people of color Kentucky county Democratic Party headquarters vandalized with messages disparaging Ocasio-Cortez Trump starts another day with Cummings attack: ’25 years of all talk, no action!’ MORE (D-Minn.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleySharpton: Trump has ‘particular venom’ for blacks, people of color Kentucky county Democratic Party headquarters vandalized with messages disparaging Ocasio-Cortez Trump starts another day with Cummings attack: ’25 years of all talk, no action!’ MORE (D-Mass.) played out.

Another key committee leader, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSunday shows – Democrats attack, Trump allies defend tweets hitting Cummings Trump allies defend attacks on Cummings amid Democratic denunciations Nadler: Resolution condemning Trump’s Cummings tweets ‘wouldn’t be a bad idea’ MORE (D-N.Y.), on Sunday said that Trump “richly deserves impeachment” but stopped short of joining a growing call for House Democrats to begin a formal inquiry.

“My personal view is that [Trump] richly deserves impeachment. He has done many impeachable offenses. He’s violated the laws six ways from Sunday,” Nadler said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The four Washington state representatives, who all cited Mueller’s report in their statements, bring the total number of House Democrats calling for impeachment proceedings up to 103, just 15 shy of a majority of the House Democratic Caucus.

Murray, the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, said in a statement that “as we have learned more about the gravity of the potential threats to our democracy identified in Special Counsel Mueller’s report, it has become clear the House should begin proceedings to determine whether the President’s actions necessitate impeachment.”

Democratic leadership has so far been hesitant, instead asking the caucus to focus on investigations and oversight.

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSharpton: Trump has ‘particular venom’ for blacks, people of color Report: Mueller generated more social media interactions than ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Avengers: Endgame’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Trump’s new target: Elijah Cummings MORE (Calif.) said Friday that she has no problem with individual Democrats calling for impeachment despite her reservations about moving forward with the process.

“Their advocacy for impeachment only gives me leverage. I have no complaint with what they are doing,” she said.

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