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A dozen California Democrats join effort to begin debate on impeaching Trump

The House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday against considering a resolution to impeach President Trump, but 12 of California’s 39 Democrats voted to move forward on impeachment.

Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green forced a vote on his proposed articles of impeachment Wednesday over the objections of Democratic House leaders. The move put the 57 Democrats who voted with him at odds with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). They have urged their members to wait on impeachment talk.

"Right now, congressional committees continue to be deeply engaged in investigations into the president's actions both before and after his inauguration. The special counsel's investigation is moving forward as well, and those inquiries should be allowed to continue. Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment," Pelosi and Hoyer said in a joint statement.

The California Democrats who voted to move forward were Reps. Nanette Barragán of San Pedro, Karen Bass of Los Angeles, Mark DeSaulnier of Concord, Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles, Jared Huffman of San Rafael, Barbara Lee of Oakland, Ted Lieu of Torrance, Jerry McNerney of Stockton, Grace Napolitano of Norwalk, Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks, Juan Vargas of San Diego and Maxine Waters of Los Angeles.

Over the summer, Sherman introduced articles of impeachment of his own, but told Pelosi that he wouldn’t force a vote without consulting the House Democratic caucus first.

FOR THE RECORD

A previous version of this post incorrectly reported the number of California House Democrats as 53. There are 39 House Democrats from California.

UPDATES

2:40 p.m.: Updated with information about Sherman’s impeachment effort.

This post was originally published at 12:12 p.m.

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