A Democratic member of the House of Representatives says that, in private conversations with friends of his who are Republican lawmakers, “at least two dozen” are privately in support of impeaching President Donald Trump, especially in light of the Ukraine phone call controversy.
Within a call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump is being accused of having pressured the head-of-state to open an investigation into Joe Biden, a candidate running for the Democratic Party’s nomination to go up against Trump in the 2020 presidential election. Many believe Trump’s words to the Ukraine president are an abuse of his power as commander-in-chief, using his authority to benefit himself politically.
The conversation, as revealed by a federal whistleblower last month, led to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi calling for an impeachment inquiry into Trump’s actions.
“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said at the time, per prior reporting from HillReporter.com.
While some may believe the decision to pursue an impeachment inquiry may be wholly partisan, Democratic Rep. Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania says otherwise. Speaking to S.E. Cupp on CNN Saturday evening, Boyle explained that he had Republican colleagues who also had qualms with the president’s behavior.
Boyle said that “at least two dozen” Republicans in the House would vote in favor of impeachment, and added that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if more came out in support, Newsweek reported.
— SE Cupp Unfiltered (@UnfilteredSE) October 5, 2019
Many Republicans have expressed “their deep concerns” about Trump, Boyle went onto say, but avoid being critical of him because it would “put them in a really tough spot” as they could have to face off against GOP challengers in 2020 primary races.
Boyle said that, although he’s a Democrat, he should be taken at his word on the matter.
“I actually have a lot of friendships on the other side of the aisle,” Boyle said. “I’ve been able to produce real, meaningful legislation with Republican colleagues of mine, especially as it relates to foreign policy.”
Boyle’s words mirror what others in the GOP have said about Trump.
In September, as impeachment talk was heating up, Republican strategist Mike Murphy, who helped on John McCain’s and Mitt Romney’s presidential campaigns, said that a majority of Republican senators would be inclined to vote in favor of indictment, should the House vote to impeach Trump after the inquiry finishes up — but only under certain conditions.
“One Republican senator told me if it was a secret vote, 30 Republican senators would vote to impeach Trump,” Murphy explained, per reporting from Business Insider.
The Senate vote for an indictment would not be a secret vote. Murphy also noted that a vote against indictment could actually hurt GOP lawmakers in several states.
“If they provide cover to Donald Trump for this, a clear violation of his role as president, [Republicans are] going to lose in Colorado with Cory Gardner. We’re going to lose Maine with Susan Collins. We’re going to lose Arizona with Martha McSally. And the Democrats will put the Senate very much in play,” Murphy said.
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