House Democrats believe they already have the 217 votes needed to pass articles of impeachment against Donald Trump even before investigations conclude, senior member says

  • Nancy Pelosi is unlikely to agree to Trump’s demand for ‘inquiry vote’
  • Senior Caucus member says they can’t rule out ‘cold feet’ but they are confident
  • A simple majority is required to pass vote and Democrats have a majority of 18
  • There hasn’t been an official head count but 227 have already supported inquiry 

House Democrats believe they have the necessary 217 votes to pass articles of impeachment against Donald Trump even before the hearings or investigation conclude.

A senior member of the Caucus said it is unlikely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will agree to the President’s demand for an ‘inquiry vote’.

The source said there hasn’t been an official count of the vote to impeach, they believe the numbers are there based on the 227 votes already recorded for an inquiry.

House Democrats believe they have the necessary 217 votes to pass articles of impeachment against Donald Trump

House Democrats believe they have the necessary 217 votes to pass articles of impeachment against Donald Trump

House Democrats believe they have the necessary 217 votes to pass articles of impeachment against Donald Trump

But the source told Fox News they couldn’t rule out ‘cold feet’ among some Democrats.

Of the House’s 433 members, 235 are Democrats, 197 are Republicans and one is Independent.

A simple majority is required to pass the impeachment, meaning 217 votes, giving Democrats a leeway of 18.

And Independent Justin Amash from Michigan has already indicated he would vote in favor of impeachment, meaning Democrats could lose 19 votes and still pass impeachment articles.

Already, at least 25 Democrats have said they would vote for impeachment and 227 have publicly supported opening an impeachment inquiry.

The inquiry was launched last month after a whistleblower alleged Trump tried to solicit the Ukrainian President into investigating presidential rival Joe Biden.

The whistleblower accused Trump of using $400million of military aid as leverage to push Ukraine into launching an investigation into Biden’s business dealings.

Trump has strongly denied the allegations.

But on Friday, House Democrats subpoenaed the White House as part of the investigation and yesterday, a second whistleblower emerged, according to the lawyers representing the first one.

A senior member of the Caucus said it is unlikely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will agree to the President's demand for an 'inquiry vote'

A senior member of the Caucus said it is unlikely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will agree to the President's demand for an 'inquiry vote'

A senior member of the Caucus said it is unlikely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will agree to the President’s demand for an ‘inquiry vote’

No details have been released about the latest claims but that did not stop Trump lashing out at Democrat leaders, saying they should be impeached. 

He raged against Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House intelligence committee who has played a major role in the inquiry, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Trump said: ‘Nancy Pelosi knew of all of the many Shifty Adam Schiff lies and massive frauds perpetrated upon Congress and the American people, in the form of a fraudulent speech knowingly delivered as a ruthless con, and the illegal meetings with a highly partisan “Whistleblower” & lawyer.

‘This makes Nervous Nancy every bit as guilty as Liddle’ Adam Schiff for High Crimes and Misdemeanors, and even Treason. 

‘I guess that means that they, along with all of those that evilly “Colluded” with them, must all be immediately impeached!’ 

If the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives votes to impeach the President, there will be a trial in the Senate.

Then a Senate vote would need a two-thirds majority to convict him, but Trump’s Republican party controls the Senate. 

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