Christina Wilkie, CNN • Updated 17th February 2019
( CNN ) — Ever since it was voted into office in 2017, the Republican-controlled Congress has dared Democrats to impeach President Donald Trump. Now that the election is over, they have dropped the threat.
In a letter to the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., pledged Thursday to put no impeachment effort before the panel during the upcoming congressional session.
"We have heard from many Americans who have told us they want to see us pursue the President's impeachment. But we have always said that if and when you elect new leadership to the House Judiciary Committee, we will have a different approach," Nadler wrote in the letter, a copy of which was shared with CNN.
Democrats picked up 23 seats in November's midterm elections, and now have the majority of seats in the House of Representatives.
Nadler made no mention of impeachment during his letter.
At least five Democrats signed the letter, including key House leaders Nancy Pelosi of California and Steny Hoyer of Maryland.
"We are committed to restoring the Justice Department and FBI to their Constitutional role of neutrality and professionalism, and we will do that by ensuring that we use Congress' power of the purse to bring to bear all of our legal tools against the President and his cronies. And we will continue our work to ensure that justice is served for victims and our communities across the country," Nadler wrote.
Republican leaders have criticized Democrats for such threats. The president has also repeatedly touted the notion that his impeachment will be trouble for Democrats, a cornerstone of his political base.
The threat was first floated by Nadler after the midterms, and the idea picked up steam last month when top GOP lawmakers raised the idea.