New Jersey Democrat Rep. Jeff Van Drew was one of just two Democrats to vote against impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives, and now he is doubling down, saying that voters are “tired” of the process as it heads into its second week.
During an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” the congressman shared that he’s not alone, and that some of his fellow Democrats have been feeling uneasy about impeachment and the form that it has taken:
“There is some discussion among some of them, quietly, privately, of concern certainly. 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,” he said.
The New Jersey Democrat said that he does plan to vote against impeachment, barring any new evidence about something 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 Biden’s son, Hunter.
Van Drew went on to say that 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.
"Unless there's something new and amazing, we know the end game here." pic.twitter.com/161TsfiuUL
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) November 18, 2019
Van Drew was one of the center-leaning democrats who took exception to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to support an impeachment inquiry according to The Hill.
While some moderates expressed concern over Pelosi’s support, others believe that showing a divided front to their party could cause further problems for the nation.
“I don’t believe it’s good for the country. I don’t think it’s good for us as it relates to our international affairs and makes us look weaker,” said the freshman Van Drew who represents a district Trump won by 4.6 points in 2016 according to The Hill.
“I don’t think it’s good that the cost is involved with all this. So there are really and truly a lot of negatives. It also splits the country apart,” said Drew.
“We have a year to win an election, so unless we find something else, as we look at this process, you know, unless there’s going to be something else that’s truly impeachable, I think that we should finally stop, have the election and move forward.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.