From the Morning Memo:

Sen. Michael Gianaris, the number two Democrat in the state Senate, has endorsed impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Gianaris’s comments came in the podcast “Sorry Not Sorry” with Alyssa Milano.

“Donald Trump should be impeached because we should not allow him to lower our standards of acceptable governance,” said Gianaris, a Queens Democrat. “Any other president that had done the things that he has done would have been impeached long ago. He must be held to account.”

His comments come as a majority of the Democrats in the House of Representatives have supported impeachment proceedings against the president after a report by former special counsel Robert Mueller found Trump sought to hinder and end an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has sought to contain the push to impeach the president, pointing to the congressional investigations that are underway. At the same time, there is the concern impeachment would hurt Democrats who won in swing districts in 2018 where the president also draws support.

But Democrats at multiple levels of government see a case for the first impeachment case in 20 years.

“I don’t know what more we can find in terms of clear obstruction of justice,” Gianaris said of the Mueller report’s findings.

“It is Nixonian in a way that has been discredited in this country long ago.”

Democrats swept into power in the state Senate last November for the first time in a decade amid a Democratic wave year, largely viewed as a backlash to Trump’s election two years earlier.