Shift among swing-state freshmen broke dam

By Laurie Kellman, Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The rookie Democratic lawmaker caught House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s eye as the two women brushed past each other in a marbled Capitol hallway. Neither slowed her step. But over her shoulder, Pelosi flashed Representative Elissa Slotkin a thumbs-up and said, ‘‘Congratulations.’’

‘‘Thank you!’’ Slotkin responded.

The lightning-quick moment just before noon Tuesday was one of the first public signs that Pelosi and the Democratic freshmen from swing districts who had resisted calls for President Trump’s impeachment had broken the dam, sweeping the party toward formal proceedings against the nation’s 45th president.

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Representatives Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey (left) and Elissa Slotkin of Michigan were two of the authors of an op-ed letter by several rookie Democratic lawmakers with national security backgrounds calling for impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

Representatives Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey (left) and Elissa Slotkin of Michigan were two of the authors of an op-ed letter by several rookie Democratic lawmakers with national security backgrounds calling for impeachment proceedings against President Trump.