Freshman Democrats Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) are attempting to steer one of the more prominent committees in Congress pushing for liberal Rep. Jamie Raskin to run for Committee Chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
That move is one that would put Raskin in an already crowded race of candidates to lead the panel that is investigating President Donald Trump for potential impeachment.
“Sources familiar with the conversations said Raskin had no plans to run to succeed the panel’s previous chairman, the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, a fellow Maryland Democrat who died last week at the age of 68,” The Hill reported.
“But Raskin, 56, has told Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib he will give it ‘serious reflection,’ the sources told The Hill on Tuesday.”
The two congresswomen, who are members of what many call “the squad” represent not only their home districts but are thought of as the voices of a contingent of young, up and coming lawmakers who are known to be pushing the Democratic party further to the left and causing a more progressive wave to sweep Capitol Hill. The pair reportedly told Raskin they were looking for an assertive liberal who would take = “strong and aggressive” oversight of the Trump administration.
To date, three of “the squad” members, Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) serve on the Oversight panel, and a fourth, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) does not, but is still supporting Raskin, calling him one of her “favorite” saying that she would back him for the position.
Raskin “would be a true leader when it comes to holding this Trump administration accountable and especially a leader on this impeachment inquiry,” Tlaib told The Hill in an interview before returning to her closed-door impeachment hearing according to The Hill.
“It would be incredible at this time, with the actions being taken by this administration, to have a constitutional law professor lead the fight in the House Oversight Committee.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.