Several House Democrats are still undecided on impeaching President Donald Trump even as a large number say theyre ready to vote to impeach the Republican president.
Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Penn.) is among the undecided. He said hed been keeping quiet because he considers himself a juror.
This “is how real juries are instructed to behave,” Lamb told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about his stance on the impeachment inquiry against Trump.
Lamb has been getting updates from staff on the impeachment hearings and trying to read articles and watch portions of the witness testimony. He said hes been affording Trump the presumption of innocence.
Juries “are told to pay attention and follow along but not to talk to each other or make any decisions until all the evidence is in,” Lamb said. “Because sometimes you dont know the meaning of a particular piece of evidence until you hear from someone else later in the proceeding.”
When the impeachment hearings end, Lamb said hed “drill into the details and make sure any suggested articles [of impeachment] actually matched up with the evidence.”
Lamb voted for the impeachment process resolution on Oct. 31. No Republican voted for the resolution and two Democrats joined the GOP in the vote, decrying the inquiry.
Lamb, 35, is in Congress for the first time after winning by portraying himself as a moderate and emphasizing his history as a Marine and former federal prosecutor.
Republicans have attacked Lamb regarding Democrats focus on impeachment, noting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal still hasnt been brought to a vote in the Democratic-controlled House over a year since its approval, among other issues perceived as held up by the inquiry.
Sean Parnell, a combat veteran who recently announced a challenge to Lamb, attacked the incumbent over the Post-Gazette interview, which said Lamb “sees himself as tight-lipped juror.”
“A tight-lipped juror? @ConorLambPA this is weakness, not leadership. This isnt a trial. Its nothing more than a raw political power play meant to overturn an election,” Parnell said in a statement.
“Stop the perpetual fence-sitting, & tell The People where you stand for once. Even your own base wants to know.”