House Democrats have one final shot to drive up public support for impeachment, with a slate of hearings in the House Judiciary Committee beginning next week.
But even Democratic lawmakers acknowledge public sentiment might be impossible to move in the weeks before an anticipated historic House vote on impeaching President Donald Trump.
“I think people have made up their minds on this in a lot of ways,” said Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), a member of the House Judiciary Committee. “But I think, frankly, what should drive us is the evidence and the facts and our oath of office.”
About half the country backs impeachment, per recent polls, a high watermark but one that remained unchanged throughout the public hearings in November. Now Democrats say their primary goal is to finish building the case against Trump — mostly importantly through the upcoming Judiciary hearings — even if that’s not the tipping point many once hoped it would be.
“We are at the place where we have to protect the Constitution, and we have to protect our democracy and our elections, and we’re going to have to do that regardless of the conditions around us,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), another member of the Judiciary panel, said Tuesday.