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Himes calls for Trump impeachment inquiry, delegation’s 1st

June 24, 2019
FILE - In this May 2, 2017 file photo, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., speaks during an interview on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Monday, June 24, 2019, Himes became Connecticut's first member of Congress to call for an impeachment inquiry into Republican President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Himes has become Connecticut’s first member of Congress to call for an impeachment inquiry into Republican President Donald Trump.

Himes, serving his sixth term, said Monday the president has “shown contempt for the truth, has attacked our institutions, and has ignored the Constitution he swore to defend.”

Himes acknowledges the politics of impeachment “are messy and uncertain” and might benefit Trump politically in the short run. But the lawmaker, whose district includes Greenwich, where Trump once owned a home, says this is the moment for “clarity and conviction” rather than political expediency.

Himes says he’s not pressuring House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who told Connecticut Democrats on Friday the House Democrats’ plan was to “legislate, investigate, litigate.”

Pelosi has been under increasing pressure to move forward with impeachment.

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