House Democrat: Dems are 'Tired, Bored' of Impeachment and 'Want to Move On'
Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) says inquiry hearings have produced no evidence of a crime
House Democrat Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ), who voted against Trump's impeachment, has revealed that his colleagues and voters are "tired and bored" with the push to impeach the president.
Appearing on Fox News Channel’s Sunday Morning Futures, Drew said some Democrats are privately expressing their “concern” about the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
Rep. Drew told host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday that many Democratic lawmakers in the House now just "want to move on" from impeachment.
Drew, one of only two House Democrats to vote against impeaching Trump, said "many folks" are now "tired" of the impeachment inquiry.
Capitol Hill is gearing up for more hearsay and nothing burgers from witnesses due to testify during the next rounds of hearings this week.
Drews comments appear to support the sentiment that the push for impeachment is more and an anti-Trump campaign and less about impeaching the president for a "crime."
New Jersey congressman Drew told Bartiromo he's heard "concern" among his colleagues about how the hearings have been playing out.
"There is some discussion among some of them, quietly, privately, of concern certainly," he said.
"I mean, what I'm hearing out in the street is they're kind of tired.
"They're kind of worn out. They're kind of bored, most folks.
"And they really want to move on unless there's something new and amazing. We know the end game here."
Van Drew said he plans to vote against articles of impeachment unless he hears evidence against President Trump that "rises to the level of treason or a high crime."
"But we don't see that," Van Drew argued, saying the testimony so far has been on "hearsay" about what Trump told the president of Ukraine about an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
He said the "Founding Fathers had vigorous debates of whether they would even allow impeachment in the Constitution," and said he favors allowing voters to decide the matter in next year's election.
"You don't disenfranchise voters, millions upon millions of voters. Voters choose their leaders in America," said Van Drew.
We'll likely never know who, but Democratic @CongressmanJVD tells Fox News' @MariaBartiromo that some Democrats are "quietly" concerned about impeachment, are "bored," and "want to move on."— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) November 18, 2019
"Unless there's something new and amazing, we know the end game here." pic.twitter.com/161TsfiuUL
Trump was accused by critics of intimidating former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch during her testimony on Friday when he sent out a disparaging tweet.
“Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go?” Trump tweeted.
Democrats have accused Trump of “witness intimidation” with his tweet, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff read the tweet to Yovanovitch during her testimony and asked her to respond.
Asked by a reporter if he thought his tweets could be intimidating, Trump answered, “I don’t think so at all.”
"I have the right to speak," he said.
"I have freedom of speech just like other people do."