When the Democrats passed their ‘impeachment rules’ resolution on Thursday, the passing was not bipartisan, not one Republican voted for it, showing how bankrupt the process was.
On the other hand, the opposition to it was bipartisan, with all the Republicans being joined by two Democrats against the resolution.
Democrats join Republicans to vote against impeachment resolution. No Republicans join Democrats to vote in favor of impeachment. pic.twitter.com/CpyDhj0XE6
— Jeff Hunt (@jeffhunt) October 31, 2019
The resolution basically authorized continuing the open-ended flawed, non-transparent proceeding they have already been employing, without even alleging what impeachable offense President Donald Trump is supposed to have committed or even saying anything about what was actually being investigated. By comparison, when the House formally voted to open an impeachment inquiry into Bill Clinton, they started with 11 potential charges already found by independent counsel Ken Starr.
Who were the two Democrats who dared to vote against it?
Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN).
Van Drew noted how it lacked bipartisan support.
From CBS News:
Van Drew said in a statement released after the vote that he believes the inquiry “will further divide the country” and “ultimately fail in the Senate” without bipartisan support.
“However, now that the vote has taken place and we are moving forward I will be making a judgment call based on all the evidence presented by these investigations,” his statement said.
Peterson echoed that but also called out Democrats for lack of transparency in the process.
“I have been hearing from my constituents on both sides of this matter for months, and the escalation of calls this past week just shows me how divided our country really is right now,” Peterson said.
“I have some serious concerns with the way the closed-door depositions were run, and am skeptical that we will have a process that is open, transparent and fair. Without support from Senate Republicans, going down this path is a mistake.”
Good for them for standing up to their party and the ridiculous process underway. Both of them come from pro-Trump areas.
From Daily Caller:
The New Jersey representative stole a GOP seat in 2018 and might face a tough re-election year, the publication reported. Voters in Van Drew’s district largely voted for President Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
Peterson is one of only two Democrats remaining in the House who voted to authorize the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton, according to Fox News. The Minnesota representative comes from Minnesota’s Congressional District 7, a district that largely voted for Trump in the 2016 election — and no other House Democrat comes from a district more supportive of Trump, the Duluth News Tribune reported.