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Some House Democrats need to be thinking more about their constitutional duty than their reelection

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30:   U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) (L) and House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) (R) listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol January 30, 2019 in Washington, DC. House Democrats held a news conference to introduce the "Paycheck Fairness Act."  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer

As the House works toward impeachment, there’s reportedly internal discussion and some conflict over expanding the articles brought beyond the confines of the Ukraine investigation. Apparently some moderates “wary of impeachment blowback in their GOP-leaning districts.”

Members of the Judiciary Committee are considering drafting articles that include the 10 possible instances of obstruction outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report as well as results of other investigative and oversight work into the many instances of Trump’s emoluments violations. One of the members who spoke to Washington Post reporters on the record is Judiciary Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Democrat from Washington. “One crime of these sorts is enough, but when you have a pattern, it is even stronger. […] If you show that this is not only real in what’s happening with Ukraine, but it’s the exact same pattern that Mueller documented . . . to me, that just strengthens the case.” Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Quigley of Illinois agrees. “It’s hard to ignore the extraordinary documentation and the weight that Mueller put behind the instances of obstruction detailed in his report.”

Some of the so-called moderates pressuring House Speaker Pelosi on the issue, the Post reports, want to “keep impeachment narrowly focused on Ukraine, a strategy they believed would help them weather any political backlash in next November’s elections.” Others supposedly “have actually encouraged leadership to let them vote against some articles of impeachment on the House floor while backing others, a move that would allow centrists taking heat back home to show a degree of independence from their party’s left flank and their leadership.”

Here’s what every House Democrat should be thinking about: the trust put in them by the citizens who voted for them to fulfill their oath of office. If they need a reminder: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

But if they want to think politically, they should be thinking about making the strongest possible case against Trump. That will demonstrate to voters just how craven, unpatriotic, and dangerous the Republicans supporting him continue to be.

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