November 14, 2019

Kevin McCarthy: Some Democrats Consider Changing Party Affiliation Over Impeachment

Lawmakers questioned witnesses for several grueling hours Wednesday as part of the ongoing impeachment probe into President Donald Trump over his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. For weeks House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff conducted the hearings in secret. Republicans however, demanded transparency.

Democrats appeared on news shows throughout the day to emphasize that the process is about ensuring President Trump’s political demise in 2020. As Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) told CNN host Wolf Blitzer Wednesday it’s “about preventing a potentially disastrous outcome from occurring next year.”

Some Democrats however, have indicated that they’re not so keen on impeaching the President. “I had a Democrat come to me today and tell me he even questioned about whether he should stay a Democrat or he should reregister. He said this not the party that I know and he said these individuals in the direction that they’re going is totally wrong,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday night.

Last month, lawmakers voted on a resolution to decide whether to continue the impeachment probe. Every Republican voted against it along with two Democrats, Rep. Collin Peterson and Rep. Jeff Van Drew.

“You have 31 Democrats who currently sit in seats that President Trump carried. I think if they listened to their voters, they probably would not vote for this.” McCarthy continued, “Remember what Nancy Pelosi said just in March as the Speaker of the House: to go through impeachment is so divisive it has to be so compelling, overwhelming, and bipartisan to move forward. The only bipartisan vote we have in the house is to stop the impeachment inquiry. Remember, every Republican and two Democrats joined with us.”