Democrat expected to leave party over impeachment; 6 aides resign

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FILE – In this Jan. 14, 2016, file photo, then state Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May Court House, speaks at a Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee meeting in Trenton, N.J. Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., a Democratic House freshman, broke ranks Thursday to oppose the resolution that sets ground rules for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

(NBC) – Six staff members said Sunday that they are resigning from the office of Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J., office over reports that he plans to switch parties because he opposes impeachment of President Donald Trump.

In a letter to his chief of staff, five of the employees said Van Drew’s decision “does not align with the values we brought to this job when we joined his office.”

The staffers said they respect Van Drew but “can no longer in good conscience continue our service.”

A sixth staffer is also leaving his office, NBC News confirmed. The staff members include Van Drew’s legislative director, communications director and director of constituency relations.

Read the full story on NBCNews.com.

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