Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson has confirmed that he will be voting against impeaching President Donald Trump unless new information comes forward.
“Unless they come up with something between now and Wednesday,” Peterson said to the Globe on Saturday. He also revealed that he believes five other Democrats will also vote against impeachment.
“Maybe something will change. I doubt it,” he added.
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The Minnesota Democrat said he believes that the president has “not committed a crime,” while most of his Seventh District constituents oppose the U.S. providing aid to other counties. He also noted the so-called “whistleblower” complaint — authored by a partisan CIA analyst — regarding President Trump’s July 25 telephone with the leader of Ukraine includes “second-hand” information.
The complaint alleges the president pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate allegations of corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, in exchange for aid. Both world leaders have denied any pressure was applied to launch the probes,and the White House published a transcript of the call as evidence no quid pro quo occurred.
“This is dividing the country for no good reason, because he’s not going to be thrown out of office,” Peterson said: “Why are we doing this?”
“If people don’t like Trump, they can vote against him,” he continued.
Peterson isn’t the only Democrat splitting with his party over impeachment. New Jersey Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew is so fed up with the impeachment inquiry that he is considering switching parties.
Rep. Jeff Van Drew, a moderate Democrat who is strongly opposed to impeaching President Donald Trump, is expected to switch parties and become a Republican, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.
Van Drew is one of two Democrats who voted against opening the impeachment inquiry into Trump and has remained against the effort, even as the House prepares to vote to impeach the president next week.
Van Drew’s congressional and campaign staff were informed he was planning to switch parties on Saturday, according to Democratic sources. The question was now when, not if, Van Drew was joining the Republican Party, according to several Democrats with knowledge of the ongoing conversations.
As of Saturday afternoon, it was still unclear if Van Drew would make the announcement before the House votes on impeachment, which is expected Wednesday.
“It was supposed to be bipartisan, it was supposed to be incontrovertible. It was supposed to be something that was always on the rarest of circumstances,” Van Drew told reporters about impeachment earlier this week. “Well it’s not bipartisan.”
Multiple senior Democrats tried to reach out to the New Jersey freshman on Saturday but were unsuccessful.
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