Two Democrats Break From Impeachment Measure Against Trump: 'It's Going To Fail'
Jeff Van Drew and Collin Peterson voted against the resolution
Two Democratic members have voted against the impeachment measure on Thursday, which was brought to the floor by their caucus, according to reports.
New Jersey Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew and Minnesota Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson voted against the resolution that passed 232-196 mostly along party lines.
But no Republicans voted for the measure.
Peterson sits in a district on the edge of western Minnesota won by President Donald Trump by 31 points in 2016.
The Democratic member has pushed back on calls to impeach the president from the more liberal wing of his party, facing a brutal reelection battle in 2020.
Member of the Democrats' freshman class, Van Drew has also been outspoken on the Democrat's impeachment process.
Trump defeated Hillary Clinton 51-46 in his swing district.
The New Jersey Democrat criticized the notion of impeachingTrump before walking on to the floor and casting his vote.
Van Drew said the move "splits the country apart further."
"I think we want to try to heal the country, bring it together. It is only about 13 months, not even any more to an election," he said.
"And I think let's let the people choose, let them impeach if they want to impeach," Van Drew added.
"I think that's important to note the next pieces; I think that while we'll have impeachment, I would think most probably here in the House as we go to the Senate ... I think it's going to fail."
Van Drew continued :
"And so we will have all this time, all this money, all this energy, all this effort, a failed impeachment. The same president and the same presidential candidate."
A coalition of forty conservative groups filed an unprecedented ethics complaint against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, accusing the Democratic House speaker of "weaponizing" impeachment proceedings against Trump.
The complaint alleges that Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) has “hypocritically usurped” the authority of the president and used the proceedings to advance the Democrats' anti-Trump agenda.“
In launching her 'official' impeachment inquiry without the benefit of a vote of the full House of Representatives and without indicating anything remotely qualifying as 'treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors' that is the subject of the inquiry, Speaker Pelosi has weaponized impeachment,” the complaint reads.