Rep. Collin Peterson likely to vote against impeachment as it's 'too divisive'

The 7th District representative has apparently not been moved by the public hearings.
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Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives officially filed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday, but at least one Democrat is unlikely to vote to impeach.

Rep. Collin Peterson, who previously said he opposed impeaching the president as he seeks to hold on to Minnesota's 7th District, has not been moved to change his opinion by the public hearings that has laid out the case against Trump.

Democrats are filing two articles of impeachment against the president: the first for abuse of power, relating to his efforts to solicit investigations against Democratic rival Joe Biden from the Ukraine while withholding financial aid: the second for obstruction of Congress by ordering government officials not to testify and refusing to hand over subpoenaed documents relating to Ukraine.

Nonetheless, Rep. Peterson is likely to vote against impeaching Trump, even though the votes will likely pass the House given the size of the Democratic majority.

Peterson was one of just two Democratic representatives to vote against launching the impeachment in the first place, and on Monday told a CNN reporter he will likely vote against all articles of impeachment because it would be "too divisive."

"I’m certainly leaning that way....I just think it will be too divisive for the country - it doesn’t accomplish anything," he told Manu Raju.

On Tuesday, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, accused the president of "high crimes and misdemeanors," and said impeachment is necessary because he is putting himself before the the country, endangering the Constitution, democracy, and national security.

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The president on the other hand has described once again the impeachment process as a "witch hunt," claiming that he did not pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 election and that assertions to the contrary are "ridiculous."

While it was the private request of Ukraine to investigate Biden that prompted the inquiry, which several federal officials testified came at the behest of the president himself, Trump publicly asked a foreign country to probe the former Vice-President in a statement in October, suggesting China should start "investigating the Bidens."

Peterson has been among the most right-learning Democrats throughout his tenure as congressman to his rural western Minnesota constituents, and has previously backed Trump policies including on the border wall.

FiveThirtyEight reports that Peterson has voted in favor of Trump's position 50.4 percent of the time since January 2017, with Trump carrying the 7th District with ease in the 2016 elections.

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