Impeachment is all but certain to pass in the House of Representatives. The GOP’s last hope was to put pressure on congressional Democrats who had recently won Trump districts. This weekend, the President’s son, Donald Jr., told Republicans they must bombard these lawmakers with calls and emails.
The strategy did have a big win over the weekend when Rep. Jeff Van Drew (NJ) changed his party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. The GOP’s momentum, though, has come to a grinding halt as a number of Democrats in moderate districts have pledged to vote yes on impeachment.
The GOP hoped Michigan lawmaker Elissa Slotkin may vote no on impeachment. The Representative, however, published an op-ed supporting impeachment.
Sloktin defended her decision during a Monday Town Hall. “I hope you believe me when I tell you that I made this decision out of principle and out of a duty to defend and protect the Constitution,” she said. “I feel that in my bones and I will stick to that regardless of what it does to me politically because this is bigger than politics.”
Joe Cunningham, who serves South Carolina’s 1st District, was another Republican target. He will also support impeachment. He said in a statement, “We are a nation of laws and no single person is above the rule of law in America. Even the President needs to be held accountable if he violates the Constitution.”
This morning, another Democratic Rep. in a swing district, New York’s Anthony Brindisi said he will vote to impeach.
Another Democratic freshman from a swing district will vote to impeach: Anthony Brindisi of New York https://t.co/evzLMA3SHl
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 17, 2019
Despite mounting Republican pressure, Minnesota’s Collin Peterson is the only Democrat who has said they may vote against impeachment.