“This impeachment process continues to be hopelessly partisan,” he said in a statement after House Democrats voted to formally begin an impeachment inquiry on an almost entirely party-line vote.
The resolution to authorize the impeachment inquiry passed 232–196, with all but two Democrats voting in favor, and all Republicans voting against it. Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) voted with Democrats.
Van Drew cited his constituents in making his decision as well as “serious concerns” with how the impeachment process has been run so far by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).
“I have been hearing from my constituents on both sides of this matter for months, and the escalation of calls this past week just shows me how divided our country really is right now,” he said.
“I have some serious concerns with the way the closed-door depositions were run, and am skeptical that we will have a process that is open, transparent and fair,” he said.