Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick has voted against the impeachment of President Donald Trump. Fitzpatrick voted no to both articles, including abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Article one, abuse of power, passed 230-197 with 3 not voting. Article two, obstruction of Congress, passed 229-198 with three not voting.
While no Republicans voted for impeachment, three democrats split from the party vote to join their members across the isle on the second article. Regardless, both articles passed the House, making Trump the third president to be impeached in the nation’s history.
Fitzpatrick released a statement on the impeachment process and his vote earlier this week.
“From the very start it was never designed by House leadership to be a genuine fact-finding mission. By pursuing an entirely partisan path with an artificial timeline and a predetermined outcome, and with the issue at hand being as serious as the overturning of the results of an election, House leadership has set a very dangerous precedent for our nation, and one which I will not support.”
Fitzpatrick also called on all Americans to “lower the volume.”
“Our nation cannot sustain the divisive tone that we are currently experiencing. We must talk to each other and treat each other with respect, we must try to see the world through other people’s eyes, and we must never forget that there is far more that unites us as Americans.”
While the articles will likely eventually go to the Senate, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has not committed to sending them. After the House impeached President Clinton in 1998, the body sent articles of impeachment over almost immediately after the vote.
Pelosi indicated the delivery was contingent on a “fair” process for a Senate trial.
“So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us, so hopefully it will be fair,” Pelosi said at a press conference Wednesday night.
Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters, “I’m in no hurry.”