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May 22, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is once again preparing to resist increased calls from Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Pelosi will meet with House Democrats in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday and is expected to urge against impeachment, Politico reports, continuing to argue that the process should not be pursued until it has support from Republicans.

The House speaker, who denies there is a "divide" in the party over this issue, previously argued against these calls during a meeting with Democratic leaders on Monday, reportedly contending that lawmakers have not exhausted all steps and that their investigations are now "getting some results." She is urging Democrats to proceed with these ongoing investigations, expressing fear that this talk of impeachment is drowning out their message.

But some Democrats, including House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), argued during Monday's meeting that opening an impeachment inquiry would put them in a stronger position to investigate Trump and overcome his attempts to block them, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Democrats had begun to step up impeachment talk after former White House Counsel Don McGahn defied a subpoena at the direction of the White House, with even some who haven't outright called for it suggesting they may be headed in that direction. For instance, House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Tuesday told CNN in reference to impeachment that "I'm getting there." Brendan Morrow

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