Moderate Democrats Frustrated, Anxious, as Leadership Barrels Towards Impeachment

Saturday, December 7, 2019
By Paul Martin

6 Dec 2019

As Democrat leadership barrels forward on impeachment, moderate Democrats are reportedly feeling anxious and frustrated over its political consequences.

“The fact of the matter is this does have political consequences and the people who will suffer significant political consequences are our moderate members,” a moderate Democrat told CNN on Friday.

The member, who wished to speak anonymously, said:

In fact, there are on-year amounts of money being spent in districts all across our moderates. For our leadership not to engage with moderates at all to either talk about how they are going to message or what they are going to put in it, seems to be a giant oversight.

Another moderate Democrat member lamented to CNN that all the information they were getting about articles of impeachment being drafted is “secondhand.”

The member, who also spoke on the condition of anonymity, said:

I would say, look, I am concerned about not knowing what the articles will have in them. I am concerned about the timeline of this whole impeachment process. For me, right now, I am struggling to see how the evidence supports impeachment at this point.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday morning that the House would draft articles of impeachment, despite the House Judiciary Committee only holding one hearing with more planned next week.

Details of what those articles would include is being closely-held, but there are signs they may include obstruction of justice — a leftover from the Mueller investigation, prompting nervousness from Democrats who think it will look like they are just trying to impeach President Trump versus having a serious reason related to Ukraine.

Moderate Democrats have been quiet about how they will vote on impeachment, particularly the 31 Democrats who won seats in districts that went for Trump in 2016. Indeed, one even reminded voters he had come out against impeachment once before.

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