CNN’s Manu Raju just found the first Dem who will break with Pelosi and vote against the impeachment.
If not GOP members join the Democrats the only bipartisan position will be against impeaching and you can be sure Joe Manchin won’t back it unless the GOP caves.
“Rep. Jeff Van Drew, one of two Democrats to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry, told me he plans to vote against all the articles of impeachment “unless there’s something that I haven’t seen, haven’t heard before.””
“Van Drew warned Democrats to “be careful what you wish for” and he added that impeachment “is tearing the nation apart. … And I want to bring people together.”
Van Drew said he would have preferred a censure vote so they could “move on.””
“Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson, the other Democrat who also opposed the inquiry, said this when I asked if he’d vote to impeach: “I don’t have an idea what they’re doing.” And he walked on the floor.”
“Today I am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment,” Nancy Pelosi said on Capitol Hill.
“The President leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt once again the election for his own benefit.”
“The president’s actions have seriously violated the Constitution, sadly, but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders, and our heart full of love for America, today I am asking our Chairman to proceed with the articles of impeachment.”
President Trump immediately hit back at Pelosi.
“The Do Nothing Democrats had a historically bad day yesterday in the House. They have no Impeachment case and are demeaning our Country. But nothing matters to them, they have gone crazy. Therefore I say, if you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair….
…..trial in the Senate, and so that our Country can get back to business. We will have Schiff, the Bidens, Pelosi and many more testify, and will reveal, for the first time, how corrupt our system really is. I was elected to “Clean the Swamp,” and that’s what I am doing!”
Rep. Jeff Van Drew, one of two Democrats to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry, told me he plans to vote against all the articles of impeachment "unless there's something that I haven't seen, haven't heard before."
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 5, 2019