House Majority Whip James Clyburn, (D-SC), acknowledged on Friday that some Democrats wouldn’t vote for impeachment and that he wasn’t galvanizing members to do so given how “divisive” support for the issue has become.
“This is a vote of conscience,” Clyburn said while appearing on CNN. “I do believe that when it comes to something as divisive as impeachment, we have to leave members up to their own consciences, their own constituents, and what they think is in the best interest of their love for country.”
“And so, I think it would be a bit unseemly for us to go out whipping up a vote on something like this. This is too serious, this is too much about preserving this great Republic,” he added.
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Clyburn’s comments indicated that the Democratic Party didn’t have a united front on impeachment — particularly as Democrats in moderate or pro-Trump districts faced reelection.
“We do expect to lose some,” Clyburn said after CNN’s John Berman asked how many Democrats he expected to vote against the impeachment articles.
Despite that caveat, Clyburn supported impeachment as a logical consequence of the evidence that has surfaced in the ongoing inquiry.