Adding to the serious clout that Seattle's Congressional delegation will have in the Democrat-controlled House, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal just announced that she'll continue sitting on the House Judiciary Committee, which will be central to the consideration of any articles of impeachment against President Trump.
Back in 2017, Jayapal declared the president had already committed "significant impeachable constitutional violations." She stands by that statement, according to spokesperson Vedant Patel, and is looking forward to being part of new Judiciary Committee investigations into how the president's campaign may have communicated with Russia and whether Trump's actions in office violate the Constitution's emoluments clause. Jayapal is also looking forward to seeing what comes from the Mueller report, and wants Congress to help protect the Special Counsel's work.
In a statement, Jayapal said the new appointment brings with it "unparalleled responsibility to uncover the truth about President Trump" and to "be a forceful advocate on the Judiciary Committee for humane immigration policy and critical legislation to fix our broken system, from the Dream Act and TPS to my Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act."
Jayapal will also serve on the Education and Labor Committee, where she will have a voice in any discussions of raising the national minimum wage, and will continue in her role as Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Seattle's other member of Congress, Adam Smith, recently became Chair of the House Armed Services Committee and has already been using that position to take on what he calls Trump's "anti-immigrant" and "racist" actions along the US-Mexico border.