WHEATLAND, N.D. — Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., joined Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D. for a sugar beet round table in Wheatland on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
Peterson was asked what his thoughts were on the current state of the impeachment investigation. He said he's undecided whether he will vote to move it forward. Peterson was one of two Democratic congressman to vote against the initial inquiry in October.
The discussion turned to Washington while speaking with WDAY reporter Nick Broadway about sugar beet disaster relief.
"You've got problems between the House and the Senate. You've got problems between the Republicans and the Democrats. You know, I've tried to avoid that, and I've been over here working with Sen. Cramer, with the new House member, so I'm doing what I can to do my part," Peterson said.
"I don't like the way any of these people are doing this. I don't like the way our side is doing it; I don't like the way Devin Nunes is doing it. I just think the whole thing is being handled poorly. There's a lot of questions. I haven't made a decision on the final vote. I'm still waiting to sort through everything. I just don't agree with how they're going about things. I did not want to put my name behind this inquiry. That's basically the bottom line," he said.
Peterson was then asked if he thought the impeachment investigation was a distraction.
"Well, you know, it is," he said. "The problem is at the end of the day, the Senate is not going to convict the president anyway. So even if the House impeaches him, it won't impeach him from office. So I don't know why we're going through this. It's just further dividing the country, and I just don't think we need this. "
The other Democrat representative who voted "no" in October was Congressman Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey.