[Ed. – Dems face an uphill struggle and one that could prove costly in the end.]
Losing even a handful of votes would be an embarrassment for Democrats, all the more so because Republican House members are united against impeachment. Democrats were hopeful that Will Hurd, 42, a respected congressman and the lone African American in the GOP caucus, would desert Trump. …
But Hurd said he did not believe the president had committed either a crime or an impeachable infraction. “An impeachable offense should be compelling, overwhelming, clear, and unambiguous,” Hurd said. “And it’s not something to be rushed or taken lightly. I’ve not heard evidence proving the president committed bribery or extortion.”
A special blow to Democrats was Hurd’s point about the lack of evidence of bribery by Trump. The notion that the president sought to bribe Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden by threatening to cut off aid — that’s the centerpiece of the Democratic case.