A group of House Democrats is reportedly mulling over censuring President Donald Trump instead of impeaching him.

A group of about 10 Democratic lawmakers, including New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer, Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader, New York Rep. Anthony Brindisi, and Utah Rep. Ben McAdams, are all reportedly weighing alternative options like censure resolution instead of moving forward with impeachment, according to Politico.

“I think it’s certainly appropriate and might be a little more bipartisan, who knows,” Schrader told Politico on Tuesday when asked about a possible censure resolution, adding “Time’s slipping by.”

“Right now, there’s no other options. This is another option,” another Democratic lawmaker told Politico.

Nearly all those Democrats represent districts won by President Trump in 2016. Two other Democratic members of Congress, Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.) have announced their opposition to impeachment.

But the outcome is unlikely as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has previously ruled out censure and indicated that losing the Democrats’ House majority in 2020 “doesn’t matter” to her. Pelosi and Democrat leaders on Tuesday, Dec. 10 announced two articles of impeachment which they are confident have necessary support on the floor. 

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR.), on Tuesday’s broadcast of Fox News Radio’s “Brian Kilmeade Show,” said that he’s not “aware of any Republican senator who thinks that these facts as we know them warrant impeachment, much less removal from office.” He also predicted that there will be more Democrats that vote against impeachment than Republicans who vote for it in both chambers of Congress. 

The Trump-district Democrats are worried about an even more polarizing 2020 campaign due to a lengthy Senate trial and they are seeking support from centrist House Republicans for a censure resolution, according to the Politico. 

“I don’t think [moderate Democrats] have enough to block impeachment. 10 to 12 max. But they’re working to raise it,” one GOP lawmaker told the press. “And [they’re] obviously reaching out to Republicans to see if they would join them.”

There are 233 Democrats in the House, of which 31 Democrats represent districts President Trump carried in 2016. They will need 217 yeas to impeach the president, meaning they can only afford to lose 16 votes. If all 31 Trump-district Democrats vote “no,” impeachment fails.

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