Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, has stated he intends to vote against impeaching President Trump and said there are four or five other Democrats ready to join him.
Peterson made his comments on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the annual meeting of the First District Association, a dairy cooperative in Litchfield, reported The Globe.
He said, “Unless they come up with something between now and Wednesday,” he will not support the articles of impeachment.
“Maybe something will change. I doubt it,” said Peterson.
“We have people that have decided they’re gonna impeach him, and now they’ve spent a year trying to figure out how to make a case for it. That’s backward, I just don’t agree with this,” said Peterson.
“The president has not committed a crime,” he added, predicting the House will vote to impeach him, it will then go to the Senate, where, Peterson said, the president will be acquitted.
“This is dividing the country for no good reason because he’s not going to be thrown out of office,” he said. “Why are we doing this?”
The simple answer is to let the people decide. “If people don’t like Trump, they can vote against him,” he said.
Peterson is unsure if he will seek another term.
“It’s a two-term commitment,” he said. “I feel like if I run this next time, that means I have to run one more time. So I’m looking at two elections, and by that time I’ll be 80 years old. So I’ve got to decide, do I want to do that,” he said.
Rep. Jeff Van Drew (N.J.), another moderate Democrat who opposes impeachment, has decided to oppose the impeachment vote.
“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 regarding the impeachment of President Trump earlier this week. “Well, it’s not bipartisan.”
“I don’t see anything there worthy of actually taking a president out of office. I’m concerned about splitting our nation apart.” Van Drew has reportedly met with President Trump to discuss switching parties and becoming a Republican.