Group of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, 'put country over politics'

A group of veterans are meeting with congressional lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday and Wednesday, calling for them to “put country over politics” and support impeachment. 

Defend American Democracy, a coalition of veterans and groups focused on national security, are talking with Republicans and moderate Democrats to push them to support impeachment, directly after the House Democrats released two articles of impeachment Tuesday morning.  

Alex Babcock, an Army veteran from Sanford, Fla., said in an interview that the group is meeting with lawmakers from purple districts and states that they expect to be “convincible,” who could vote either way in the impeachment proceedings. 

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“We feel like they may be more apt to listen to a message that resonates, that might sway them away from their traditional party line, which is just back the president, no matter what,” Babcock said. “We're appealing to their values as individual leaders to think for themselves and to embrace our perspective.”

The veterans had scheduled Tuesday meetings with Rep. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertOvernight Health Care: New drug price hikes set stage for 2020 fight | Conservative group to spend M attacking Pelosi drug plan | Study finds Medicaid expansion improved health in Southern states Conservative group to spend M attacking Pelosi's drug pricing plan Group of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, 'put country over politics' MORE (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdHouse Democrats launch effort to register minority voters in key districts Hurd says Democrats, media are being manipulated by Iran Bottom Line MORE (R-Texas) along with the staff of Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyNSA improperly collected US phone records in October, new documents show Overnight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns MORE (R-Pa.), Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Koch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says Hickenlooper raised .8 million for Colorado Senate bid in fourth quarter of 2019 MORE (R-Colo.), Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial Republicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Koch network could target almost 200 races in 2020, official says MORE (R-N.C.), Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioApple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Senators offer bill to create alternatives to Huawei in 5G tech Surging Sanders draws fresh scrutiny ahead of debate MORE (R-Fla.) and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump beefs up impeachment defense with Dershowitz, Starr The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial MORE (R-Maine), according to a schedule obtained by The Hill. 

They are working on meeting with Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine), Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyPoll: Overwhelming majority say news media making US more politically divided Bill Kristol on McSally calling CNN reporter a liberal hack: 'I guess I'm liberal' McSally dismisses calls to apologize to CNN's Raju for 'liberal hack' comment: 'Called it like it is' MORE (R-Ariz.), Rep. Ann WagnerAnn Louise WagnerGroup of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, 'put country over politics' Mnuchin expresses concerns about proposed taxes on financial trades Fed's top regulator takes heat from both parties MORE (R-Mo.) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) or their staffs.

Babcock said veterans have a “critical role in democracy,” as people “may be more apt to listen” to their perspective. He also seeks to counter the narrative that all military veterans back the president.

“We're doing this because we truly believe in this, and we believe in our country, which is why we signed up in the first place,” he said.

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Tashandra Poullard, a Navy veteran from Houston, said she volunteered to speak to lawmakers because she does not want to witness foreign interference in the U.S. election process. 

“And the last thing I want is for my legacy to be blemished by serving people who did not understand nor respect the Constitution of the United States of America,” she said. 

She wants to ask Republican lawmakers particularly, “Is it more important to protect and defend the Constitution or protect one individual that feels that they are above the law?”

Defend American Democracy recently funded a seven-figure ad campaign, asking constituents to call at least 14 Republican House members across 10 states to tell them to “put country over politics” and back impeachment.

House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against the president Tuesday morning: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The House Judiciary Committee said a House vote on impeachment could come as early as next week.

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Since the end of September, House Democrats have held closed-door and public hearings with former and current Trump officials who had knowledge on the White House’s relationship with Ukraine.