Impeachment vote haunts 31 Democrats in Trump districts – WND

Impeachment vote haunts 31 Democrats in Trump districts – WND.

With independents and swing-state voters showing opposition to the Democrats’ impeachment investigation, the 31 Democrats who represent districts won by President Trump in 2016 are faced with a dilemma.

Among them are the two Democrats who voted against the House resolution formalizing the rules of the impeachment inquiry, Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Collin Peterson of Minnesota.

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After the Oct. 31 vote, Van Drew said in a statement he believed that without bipartisan support, the inquiry would “further divide the country.”

The Democrat said it would tear the country “apart at the seams and will ultimately fail in the Senate.”

“However, now that the vote has taken place and we are moving forward I will be making a judgment call based on all the evidence presented by these investigations,” Van Drew said. “My hope is that we are still able to get some work done to help the American people like infrastructure, veterans’ benefits, environmental protections, immigration reform, reducing prescription drug cost, and strengthening Social Security.”

Peterson said the resolution was “unnecessary” and that he would “not make a decision on impeachment until all the facts have been presented.”

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“This impeachment process continues to be hopelessly partisan. I have been hearing from my constituents on both sides of this matter for months, and the escalation of calls this past week just shows me how divided our country really is right now,” he said in a statement.

Peterson had “some serious concerns with the way the closed-door depositions were run, and am skeptical that we will have a process that is open, transparent and fair.”

“Without support from Senate Republicans, going down this path is a mistake. Today’s vote is both unnecessary, and widely misrepresented in the media and by Republicans as a vote on impeachment,” he said.

In a Fox News interview Friday, Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan sounded a note of caution.

“I’m very troubled by this, but I do think it makes sense to wait until the Judiciary Committee goes through their process,” he said. “We haven’t even seen impeachment articles.”

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Recent national polls indicate that support for impeaching and removing Trump has dropped over the past month as the investigation has escalated.

An NPR/PBS/Marist poll conducted Nov. 11-15 found 50% of independents did not support impeaching and removing Trump from office, with just 42% in support. In October, the same pollster found support for impeachment at 45%.

The list of Democrats in districts won by President Trump in 2016:

Tom O’Halleran of Arizona
Lucy McBath of Georgia
Lauren Underwood of Illinois
Cheri Bustos of Illinois
Abby Finkenauer of Iowa
Dave Loebsack of Iowa
Cindy Axne of Iowa
Jared Golden of Maine
Elissa Slotkin of Michigan
Haley Stevens of Michigan
Angie Craig of Minnesota
Collin Peterson of Minnesota
Susie Lee of Nevada
Chris Pappas of New Hampshire
Jefferson Van Drew of New Jersey
Andy Kim of New Jersey
Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey
Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey
Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico
Max Rose of New York
Sean Patrick Maloney of New York
Antonio Delgado of New York
Anthony Brindisi of New York
Kendra Horn of Oklahoma
Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania
Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania
Joe Cunningham of South Carolina
Ben McAdams of Utah
Elaine Luria of Virginia
Abigail Spanberger of Virginia
Ron Kind of Wisconsin

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