Civil rights activist and Georgia Rep. John Lewis believes that his “time is growing near,” with the investigation into President Donald Trump gaining momentum in the House of Representatives, according to POLITICO.
Lewis was described by the publication as “…a man Democrats describe as the conscience of their caucus — as a singularly powerful potential ally, one of the last publicly undecided lawmakers who could change the calculus inside the Democratic caucus. And Lewis himself says an announcement on impeachment is almost at hand.”
“My time is growing near,” the Georgia lawmaker told reporters this week according to POLITICO. He added, “I’ve never been supportive of this so-called president. Before he was inaugurated I said he was not legitimate. So I have some very strong feelings.”
The Georgia lawmaker’s comments came after the House Judiciary Committee followed through on their plan to vote Thursday to set up formal investigation processes in whether to impeach President Donald Trump, according to The DailyMail.
The panel voted along party lines, 24-17, according to the report, and confirmed a set of rules for the impeachment inquiry that could end in a recommendation of impeachment proceedings later in the year.
Democrats garnered growing support among their party for an impeachment inquiry over the summer, with aides calling Lewis’ efforts and influence “pivotal,” according to POLITICO. “His outsize influence among members of the Congressional Black Caucus and among House progressives — dozens of whom have remained silent on a potential impeachment inquiry — could bring many of them on board,” the publication went on.
“No question about it. Who wants to be on the other side of John Lewis?” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), a former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus who has backed an impeachment inquiry according to POLITICO. “When he speaks, everybody listens.”
Among Lewis’ allies is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who was likely impacted by the endorsement from Lewis to sign off on the House Judiciary Committee’s decision to move forward with the impeachment inquiry.
“When he comes out it will be a signal that the leadership has decided [to support it],” said one Judiciary Committee Democrat who supports impeachment proceedings. “I would be surprised.”
“There’s no one more respected than John Lewis in the caucus. When he speaks people listen. So I do think that would have significant weight,” said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), who supports opening an impeachment inquiry. “He has greater moral weight than anyone in this body and I think he would make a big, big difference speaking out.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.