House Democrats in Trump-friendly districts are staying mum on how they will vote on articles of impeachment, according to a new report.
The Daily Caller reported it contacted 31 offices of House Democrats from districts where President Donald Trump won in 2016. None of the offices would commit to a vote on impeachment, saying they were “weighing out the facts.”
“This is a somber time,” Angie Craig (R-Mn.) told the Daily Caller. “No one runs for Congress wanting to ever have to face the question of whether to vote for articles of impeachment. Once the articles are voted out of Committee, I plan to review the final resolution in combination with the House Intelligence Committee report over the weekend and make a final decision based on my oath of office.”
On Friday, reports broke that some of those House Democrats had actually attended President Trump’s Christmas party last night.
NEW: House Democrats who attended Trump's Christmas party last night:— Jonathan Swan (@jonathanvswan) December 13, 2019
1. Antonio Delgado (NY-19)
2. Susie Lee (NV-3)
3. Elaine Luria (VA-2)
4. Jim Costa (CA-16)
5. Josh Harder (CA-10)
6. Gil Cisneros (CA-39)https://t.co/5Tpj7pyYHm
Together, the news raises fresh questions about how Democrats will split on impeachment.
On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee sent two articles of impeachment against Trump back to the House of Representatives for a vote: abuse of power and obstruction of justice. Wednesday, House Democrat Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.) said he would vote “no” on impeachment and urged other Democrats to join him.
Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), have long feared the political consequences of impeaching Trump.
This week, they have been acting in an unusually bipartisan manner, helping pass a new trade deal, a bill to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and a gigantic defense spending bill. All of it is part of the Democrats’ effort to show they can both hold Trump accountable and get things done in Congress at the same time.
Of the House Democrats who did respond to The Daily Caller’s inquiries, almost all said they were still reviewing the evidence. On CNN, New York Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D) said he had not made a decision yet.
“I think it’s been a pretty even split so far,” he said of feedback from constituents. “We’re getting a lot of calls, we’ll take that all into consideration and make a decision this weekend.”