Trump praises Van Drew party switch on eve of impeachment vote

The congressman was one of two Democrats to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry into the president in late October, and Van Drew has exchanged several phone calls with Trump in the weeks since — culminating in an Oval Office meeting Friday.

Five senior aides in Van Drew’s Washington office resigned Sunday as a result of their boss’ decision, which they wrote in a joint letter to his chief of staff “does not align with the values we brought to this job.”

Despite the high-profile move by Van Drew at a critical moment in the House impeachment proceedings, at least 15 Democrats in districts Trump captured in the previous presidential election have said they will back articles charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The House Rules Committee will consider the articles of impeachment later Tuesday, and a vote by the full chamber is expected sometime Wednesday.