Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) said impeachment will hurt House Democrats and that the inquiry has "fractured the nation apart" in an interview with FOX News' Maria Bartiromo on 'Sunday Morning Futures.'
Van Drew said Democrats in districts that President Trump won "quietly, privately" fear impeachment.
"I mean, what I’m hearing out in the street is -- with most people 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 unless there’s something new and amazing," Rep. Van Drew said of the impact of impeachment.
"If there’s something new, something we haven’t heard, something that really rises to the level of treason or, you know, a high crime, that would be different, but we don’t see that," the Dem Congressman said. "We see little, different variations, hearsay, discussions. Somebody heard something that somebody else said."
MARIA BARTIROMO, FOX NEWS, 'SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES': Alright, so you want these transcripts before you start asking questions or going to these public hearings next week. Congressman Van Drew, you’ve had such courage and leadership since you took the job in Congress. You are also one of two who have voted against this inquiry to begin with. Why?
REP. JEFF VAN DREW (D-NJ): I just think we’re -- keep going down this road, keep spending more time. You know, many of us came to Congress because we really wanted to accomplish goals, really work on issues such as health care, work on issues dealing with prescription drugs, election security, the debt, the deficit. You know, the list goes on, and I could speak on and on about all the things that we need to do. And I just don’t think we’re hearing anything new.
And real quickly, we must understand the importance and the level of what impeachment is. Hundreds of years of history; no one has ever been convicted of impeachment, and that’s the point. We’re going to have an election next year. Let’s have the election; let’s fight through the election. Let’s do what Republicans and Democrats and whomever else does. But this is going to get us nowhere. We’ve spent millions of dollars, in my opinion, tons of money, tons of time, tons of hurt, fractured the nation apart. I haven’t seen this to be a good thing, and now we’re dealing with all sorts of technical issues. Most Americans don’t even understand some of these technical issues, and they just don’t know really what to think...
BARTIROMO: Congressman Van Drew, you were just saying why you voted against the impeachment inquiry. Does that mean you are poised to vote “no” on impeachment? We’re expecting an impeachment vote sometime in December. How will you vote?
VAN DREW: I would imagine that I'll be voting “no.”
Now, I always, you know, have a codicil. If there’s something new, something we haven’t heard, something that really rises to the level of treason or, you know, a high crime, that would be different, but we don’t see that. We see little, different variations, hearsay, discussions. Somebody heard something that somebody else said.
Impeachment -- you know that our founding fathers had vigorous debates of whether they would even allow impeachment in the Constitution. You don’t disenfranchise voters, millions upon millions of voters. Voters choose their leaders in America.