Leading Jewish Democrat Nita Lowey endorses Trump impeachment
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Leading Jewish Democrat Nita Lowey endorses Trump impeachment

Mueller’s testimony sheds light on president’s ‘depths of systemic deception,’ says lawmaker, bringing to 117 the number of Democrats endorsing the move, upping pressure on Pelosi

US House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat from New York, delivers opening remarks before hearing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testify before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs subcommittee about his department's 2020 budget request, on March 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)
US House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey, a Democrat from New York, delivers opening remarks before hearing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testify before the State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs subcommittee about his department's 2020 budget request, on March 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)

Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, the chairwoman of the powerful US House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, is the latest mainstream Jewish Democrat to endorse impeaching President Donald Trump.

Lowey’s statement Wednesday comes in the wake of another Jewish Democrat endorsing Trump’s impeachment. New York’s Rep. Eliot Engel, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced his decision on Tuesday.

Like Engel, Lowey based her assessment on the testimony last week of Robert Mueller, the special counsel into allegations of Russian influence in the 2016 election who enumerated 10 possible instances of Trump and aides obstructing justice.

“Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation produced a report that shed light on the depths of systemic deception that appears to be second nature for the President and his advisers,” she said in a statement quoted by the Journal News, a newspaper in the Lower Hudson Valley.

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as they attend the 38th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service on May 15, 2019, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Lowey’s statement brings to 117 the number of Democrats endorsing impeachment, close to half of the 235-member caucus, and increases the pressure on Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker, to allow the procedure to advance.

Pelosi has said she does not want to move on impeachment until separate inquiries into alleged Trump administration improprieties are completed.

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