by Susan Ferrechio & Kerry Picket
Impeaching President Trump will be an easy “yes” vote for many liberal Democrats. But vulnerable moderates face the difficult choice: oppose voters in their districts or their own caucus.
“I’m leaning no,” Rep. Collin Peterson, a Minnesota Democrat, told the Washington Examiner. “I want to look at everything.”
Several Democrats from swing districts interviewed by the Washington Examiner said they had not decided whether to support the two articles of impeachment announced Tuesday by Democratic leaders. The articles charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The House could vote on the articles next week.
Peterson predicted only “four or five” Democrats will likely vote against the articles, which would represent a very small defection out of 233 House Democrats and would leave plenty of room to pass the articles with a robust margin leaders can showcase.
Peterson, however, is among 31 swing-district Democrats who must answer to constituents who voted for President Trump and who largely oppose the House Democratic impeachment effort.
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