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Aides quit after impeachment opponent leaves Democrats

WASHINGTON – At least five aides to New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew, the lone Democrat to come out against the impeachment of President Donald Trump, are resigning after multiple sources said the moderate is switching parties to join the GOP.

In aletter shared with USA TODAY,  five staffers told Van Drew’s chief of staff, Allison Murphy, on Sunday that “Van Drew’s decision to join the ranks of the Republican Party led by Donald Trump does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his office.” 

“Over the past year, Trump Republicans have sided with special interests over the needs of working people,” they said. “Worse, they continue to aid and abet Trump as he shreds the Constitution and tears the country apart. They have refused to grapple with how the President of the United States has jeopardized our national security for his own political advantage.”

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