Just hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that she would ask the House Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, one Democratic congressman issued a warning about the impeachment effort.
New Jersey Rep. Jeff Van Drew told CNN’s Manu Raju that he believes Democrats have not proven that Trump committed an impeachable offense, adding that he plans to vote against every single article of impeachment “unless there’s something that I haven’t seen, haven’t heard before.”
Van Drew warned Democrats to "be careful what you wish for" and he added that impeachment "is tearing the nation apart. … And I want to bring people together." Van Drew said he would have preferred a censure vote so they could "move on."— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 5, 2019
He also warned Democrats to “be careful what you wish for,” adding that the impeachment effort is “tearing that nation apart” and “I want to bring people together.”
On Thursday, Pelosi said she would ask the Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment against Trump, saying, “The facts are uncontested.”
Van Drew was one of two Democrats in the House to vote against formalizing the impeachment inquiry. The other Democrat, Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), did not indicate to Raju whether he would vote in favor of impeachment.
However, Peterson has told local media that he does not believe articles of impeachment should be passed on a party-line vote.
“What I’ve said all along is that you can’t do this with one party. It’s not smart, and it’s not going to work. I think if this is handled incorrectly, it will re-elect Trump. That’s what I think.”
Democrats were initially looking at an impeachment vote by the end of December. However, some reports say that Democratic leadership has been telling members that a vote may not happen until January.
Reuters reported that the House Judiciary Committee could draft articles of impeachment and recommend them to the full House by December 12.