Reports emerged Tuesday that a small group of Democrats in vulnerable voting districts may urge their colleagues in the U.S. House to censure President Donald Trump for his antics in Ukraine instead of impeaching him.
Politico reports that nearly a dozen moderate Democrats from districts won by Trump in 2016 gathered Monday afternoon to plot the strategy. Among them were Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.), and Ben McAdams (D-Utah.).
The lawmakers are said to understand that their cause is a long shot, but said they are willing to try in order to make the ongoing process seem more bipartisan and avoid a lengthy trial in the Senate that would turn off undecided and independent voters ahead of the 2020 election.
“Right now, there’s no other options. This is another option,” one unnamed lawmaker who attended the meeting told Politico.
Similar attempts to censure Bill Clinton in 1998, instead of impeaching him, fizzled. https://t.co/x6nKUKW18O— Chris Bury (@ChrisBuryNews) December 10, 2019
The Democrats are said to have quietly reached out to their Republican counterparts in the House to gauge interest for such a move, but acknowledge that they would have to overcome a fairly united front in favor of impeachment from within their own caucus before making much headway.
Slotkin undecided on whether Trump should face impeachment, censure https://t.co/I5qhabwe6B— Muskegon Chronicle (@MuskegonChron) December 2, 2019