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Politics One House Democrat goes on record opposing Trump impeachment

02:05  14 december  2019
02:05  14 december  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

House Democrat says he plans to vote against all articles of impeachment

  House Democrat says he plans to vote against all articles of impeachment Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, one of two Democrats to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry, said he plans to vote against all the articles of impeachment "unless there's something that I haven't seen, haven't heard before."Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, one of two Democrats to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry, said he plans to vote against all the articles of impeachment "unless there's something that I haven't seen, haven't heard before.

House Democrats hailing from conservative swing districts are all lining up to vote in favor of two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump next week — except for one congressman from New Jersey. An NBC News survey of more than 40 vulnerable House Democrats found only Rep.

House Democrats rallied behind a measure setting out rules for the public phase of their House Democrats and Republicans were divided on setting rules for the impeachment inquiry into “We don’t know whether President Trump is going to be impeached but the allegations are as serious as

House Democrats hailing from conservative swing districts are all lining up to vote in favor of two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump next week — except for one congressman from New Jersey.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., conducts a news conference introducing legislation that would help offset expenses incurred by new parents in the Capitol on Dec. 4, 2019.© Tom Williams Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., conducts a news conference introducing legislation that would help offset expenses incurred by new parents in the Capitol on Dec. 4, 2019.

An NBC News survey of more than 40 vulnerable House Democrats found only Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who represents the southern tip of the state, plans to vote against the articles of impeachment.

"My district is red — a good chunk of it — and they're definitely anti-impeachment. And then I have the part that is purple, and they are more pro-impeachment. So whatever you do," he told NBC News, "you're going to aggravate people."

Rep. Jeff Van Drew, anti-impeachment Democrat, expected to switch parties after Trump meeting

  Rep. Jeff Van Drew, anti-impeachment Democrat, expected to switch parties after Trump meeting Trump met with Van Drew on Friday at the White House and urged him to join the GOP; the New Jersey congressman is now believed to be strongly considering the offer.

House Democratic leaders are bracing for some defections among a group of moderate Democrats in swing districts who are concerned a vote to impeach President Trump House Democrats have announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump , declaring he "betrayed the

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee trudged toward a historic vote on Thursday to push President Trump to the brink of impeachment , turning back Republican attempts to kill the articles of impeachment in a fractious debate on Democrats ’ charges that he abused his power and obstructed

The outspoken Van Drew — who was profiled recently by NBCNews.com focusing on his opposition to impeachment — was only one of two Democrats to vote against the House resolution in October that formalized the rules and procedure for the impeachment inquiry.

The other was Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, who represents a rural district Trump won by 30 points in 2016. A spokesperson for Peterson told NBC News on Friday that he's undecided on how he'll vote on the articles on the House floor, likely on Wednesday.

While Van Drew is the only definitive no, representatives of seven other Democrats from swing areas said they're still undecided.

More vulnerable Democrats, meanwhile, have come out in favor of impeachment.

Rep. Max Rose, a freshman New York Democrat representing conservative Staten Island, said in a statement Friday that he would vote yes on both articles.

"Party and politics will never come before the country I bled to protect—and would unquestionably do so again," the Army veteran said. "A President coercing a foreign government into targeting American citizens is not just another example of scorched earth politics, it serves as an invitation to the enemies of the United States to come after any citizen, so long as they disagree with the President. Embarking on an unprecedented effort to obstruct this inquiry doesn't make the facts any less true. Therefore I will vote in support of the two Articles of Impeachment."

Trump to meet with party-switching Van Drew .
Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew is expected to switch parties after voting against both articles of impeachment against Trump on Wednesday.The meeting, which the White House said will occur at 2:45 p.m., comes a day after Van Drew broke with Democrats to vote against both articles of impeachment against Trump.

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