On Monday afternoon, Republican Congressman Jim Jordan took to Twitter to reveal Democrats have already begun a secret impeach effort against President Trump.
He said, despite most Americans being against impeaching the president, Democrats are pushing towards it—without referring to it by name.
“Dems are already moving forward with impeachment. They’re just not calling it that because the American people don’t want it and there’s no basis for it,” Jordan tweeted.
“Don’t take my word for it. Rep. Clyburn (the #3 House Democrat) said yesterday, ‘I think we’ve already begun,'” the tweet continued.
Jordan’s comments are in reference to House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn who said on Sunday that he believed Trump would be impeached.
The South Carolina Democrat appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday and was asked whether he believes Trump will be impeached and whether impeachment proceedings will begin in the House “at some point, but just not right now.”
“Yes, that’s exactly what I feel,” Clyburn responded. “I think we have already begun. We have got all of these committees doing their work. We’re having hearings. We have already won two court cases. And there are other cases that are still to be determined.”
Clyburn added: “We are winning this issue. Why should we go out and make missteps and cause us to lose a court decision that will have people saying, ‘Why didn’t you take your time?'”
The Majority Whip continued: “All it takes is 218 votes to effectively impeach the president. That doesn’t say that it will be the efficient way to do it. What Nancy Pelosi is trying to do and the rest of us in the House of Representatives is to develop a process by which we can efficiently move on this issue, so that, when we get to a vote, it would be something that she calls ironclad, I call effective.”
The Hill reports Clyburn walked back his impeachment comments when he told a group of reporters he was “probably farther away from impeachment than anybody in our caucus.”
“We will not get out in front of our committees. We’ll see what the committees come up with. I’ve said that forever,” Clyburn said per the report.
The Hill adds:
Other members of leadership distanced themselves from Clyburn’s initial remarks, some of the strongest in the direction of impeachment so far from a House leader.
“Jim Clyburn is a well-respected member of Congress, someone whose shoulders that we all stand on, and I’ll let him speak for himself,” said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. “My position has not changed, which is we’re going to continue to proceed aggressively and methodically.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) simply said “We’re not getting into that” when asked Monday night if the House intended to eventually take up impeachment proceedings, according to Politico.
Rep. Katherine Clark (D-Mass.), vice chairwoman of the Democratic Conference, said party leadership and the more vocally pro-impeachment rank and file members of the party had similar agendas.
“I think we have one clear shared goal, and that is to get this president out of office as soon as possible,” she said, according to the publication. “I certainly understand people’s thoughts about this, but I think it’s important to remember impeachment is a tool, not an end goal itself.”