Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) said on Tuesday that he will vote against a resolution by House Democrats to formalize a secret impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
Van Drew was asked by ABC News Alex Moe if he supports the impeachment process resolution being voted on Thursday, Van Drew replied: “I would imagine that I’m not voting for it.”
Van Drew is a district that President Trump won in 2016. He is among around a dozen House Democrats opposing the impeachment inquiry. “I have long maintained the position that the impeachment or potential impeachment would not be good for Democrats or Republicans,” the lawmaker said in September to Fox News.
Jeff Van told Fox and Friends on Oct. 1 that he is opposed to impeachment. He represents the second district in New Jersey and believes that there is a lack of evidence that Trump did anything that rises to the level of an impeachment offense.
“Let the people impeach,” Van Drew said on Fox News. “We are going to have an election very shortly.”
Trump thanked Van Drew at the time on Twitter, saying “Thank you.”
The House announced Monday that it will vote on Thursday to establish the procedure for impeachment of President Trump. The text of the resolution was released Tuesday.
Jim McGovern (D-MA) said it would “provide a clear path forward” on how impeachment inquiry.
House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said on Tuesday that he hoped that the vote would happen Thursday. “We’re going to have to consider whether or not it’s ready to go on Thursday. I hope that’s the case.”
Pelosi wrote a letter on Monday saying that the resolution was not needed but she decided to take the vote “to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives.”
“For weeks the president, his counsel in the White House and his allies in Congress have made the baseless claim that the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry ‘lacks the necessary authorization for a valise impeachment proceeding.’ They argue that, because the House has not taken a vote, they may simply pretend the impeachment inquiry does not exist,” Pelosi wrote.
The Democrats are pushing to impeach the President based on his phone call in July with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky. They allege that there was a quid pro quo where the President withheld aid from Ukraine in exchange for the investigation of his political opponent, Joe Biden.