Oct 31, 2019 - Politics & Policy

How Democrats and Republicans see impeachment

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With a near party-line vote on impeachment rules expected in the House Thursday morning, Democrats are confident, while Republicans are focusing on swing states to shore up support.

Why it matters: Democrats say the vote will accelerate the inquiry, and will give them more tools to conduct their investigation. 

  • The mid-morning vote is scheduled in the middle of testimony by Tim Morrison, a National Security Council official who has decided to leave the administration "to pursue other opportunities."

Democrats are going for a jackpot by asking former Trump national security adviser John Bolton to appear behind closed doors next week.

  • A source close to Bolton tells Axios' Margaret Talev that Bolton won’t testify unless compelled — via subpoena.
  • But if Bolton is compelled, look out: He knows a lot, and won’t be demure or hold back.

The Trump re-election campaign is looking at impeachment largely through the lens of the swing states the president needs to win in 2020.

  • Aides cite polls showing that his support has held in battlegrounds.
  • "Once you get outside Washington, D.C.," a Trump campaign official said, "the issue of impeaching a duly elected president plays a lot differently."

The campaign says it plans a massive, data-driven ground game, to hold Democrats in tough districts "accountable for their positions on impeachment."

  • A N.Y. Times Upshot/Siena College poll released yesterday found a majority of voters in each of six battleground states (Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin) oppose impeaching and removing Trump.
  • The campaign says those findings reflect its internal polling.

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