Dem super PAC campaign urges Republicans to back impeachment

Dem super PAC campaign urges Republicans to back impeachment

A Democratic group launched a campaign on Tuesday aimed at swaying Republicans to get on board with efforts to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE, with a goal of "elevating" the voices of those within the GOP who have come out against him.

Scott Dworkin, one of the co-founders of the Democratic Coalition, an anti-Trump super PAC, said the campaign will largely consist of digital ads, social media and in-person action in their effort to collect funds and encourage people to reach out to Republicans on the matter.

"They like to paint a picture that no Republican in the world supports impeachment and that's just untrue," he told The Hill in an interview, adding they are looking to build on their previous campaigns using letters to Congress and fundraising posts to draw attention to their push.

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“If we're going to talk about impeachment, we need to focus on the Republican Party and the accountability factor there and the words that they've used in the past, and, you know, present the argument that impeachment is not crazy, impeachment is not something that's out of order.”

Hours after the super PAC launched its campaign on social media the hashtag #RepublicansForImpeachment began trending, with the group saying that more than 100,000 tweets had been posted using the phrase by late-afternoon.

The digital ads are expected to run in roughly 20 states, many of which are represented by Republican senators who voted earlier this year to overturn the president's national emergency declaration at the border.

"We want to make sure it's as wide as possible," Dworkin said, saying the group is focusing on GOP senators such as Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGraham promises ObamaCare repeal if Trump, Republicans win in 2020 Conservatives buck Trump over worries of 'socialist' drug pricing Rand Paul to 'limit' August activities due to health MORE (Ky.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeMcConnell, allies lean into Twitter, media 'war' Conservatives buck Trump over worries of 'socialist' drug pricing Criminal justice reform should extend to student financial aid MORE (Utah) and Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyA US-UK free trade agreement can hold the Kremlin to account Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Overnight Defense: US, Russia tensions grow over nuclear arms | Highlights from Esper's Asia trip | Trump strikes neutral tone on Hong Kong protests | General orders ethics review of special forces MORE (Utah).

He also mentioned targeting "people who are in the states where they need to win in 2020, you know, like North Carolina and I think Colorado" – states where GOP Sens. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisThe United States broken patent system is getting worse Gun reform groups to pressure GOP senators with rallies in all 50 states To cash in on innovation, remove market barriers for advanced energy technologies MORE (N.C.) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerPoll: Trump trails three Democrats by 10 points in Colorado The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE (Colo.) are up for reelection next year.

The group hasn't put any money behind the campaign yet, and despite a handful of outspoken voices like J. W. Verret, a former Trump transition staffer who recently called for impeachment, the effort faces a tall hurdle in attempting to get Republicans on board.

Top Republicans in both chambers have repeatedly called on Democrats to halt their probes, alleging members across the aisle are launching partisan attacks on the administration and pointing to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's report, which did not establish collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

The super PAC's impeachment campaign also comes as House Democratic leadership has attempted to tamp down a push to impeach Trump, with a number of members of the caucus expressing hesitations over moving forward with such plans. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiJohnson eyes Irish border in Brexit negotiations Mueller report fades from political conversation Five key players in Trump's trade battles MORE (D-Calif) held a conference call Monday, telling lawmakers: “We don’t have to go to articles of impeachment to obtain the facts, the presentation of facts.”

Dworkin said he thinks it’s important for Congress to continue its investigations into the administration, noting “if they moved on impeachment right now it would limit their capabilities of what they can get information-wise.” But he said he feels it's important for Democrats to lay the groundwork for gaining support across the aisle is they are going to be successful.

"Until we have Republicans on board, it's not about politics or political, you know, kind of posturing," he said. "We don't want to lose that kind of thing. It's just logically it makes no sense to skip steps and we have to go in an orderly process."

“But again, I think that we need to unite the country against this monster and make sure that we actually have everybody on the same page, at least the majority of us.”