By Laurie Kellman, Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The rookie Democratic lawmaker caught House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s eye as the two women brushed past each other in a marbled Capitol hallway. Neither slowed her step. But over her shoulder, Pelosi flashed Representative Elissa Slotkin a thumbs-up and said, ‘‘Congratulations.’’
‘‘Thank you!’’ Slotkin responded.
The lightning-quick moment just before noon Tuesday was one of the first public signs that Pelosi and the Democratic freshmen from swing districts who had resisted calls for President Trump’s impeachment had broken the dam, sweeping the party toward formal proceedings against the nation’s 45th president.