House Republican who opposed Clinton impeachment warns Trump-district Democrats of push against president

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A pair of House Democrats who opposed impeachment proceedings against President Trump say they’re following public opinion in their districts rather than party pressure. Rep. Peter King knows the feeling.

The New York Republican, 75, was among five GOP House members in 1998 who voted against impeaching President Bill Clinton on lying and obstruction of justice charges related to the Monica Lewinsky scandal. King said he was following the will of voters in his Long Island district. That’s the same explanation used by the only two Democrats to vote against impeachment hearings for Trump on Oct. 31, Reps. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Collin Peterson of Minnesota.