GOP lawmaker says House impeachment rules vote 'doesn't change anything for me'

Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) on Friday called the House impeachment proceedings "baseless," adding that Democrats are following a different script than previous probes.

"There's an old Texas saying: putting lipstick on the pig," Arrington, a member of the House Ways and Means Committe, said. "I think this still smells like a pig, still sounds like a pig. It's not open, it's not fair, it's not the way impeachment proceedings have been done in the past."

The House passed a resolution on Thursday formalizing the impeachment inquiry. No Republicans joined Democrats in the 232-196 vote, though two Democrats crossed the aisle. Former Republican Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashMark Cuban says he's decided not to run for president Amash readying legislation allowing victims to sue officers The Hill's Morning Report - Trump mobilizes military against 'angry mob,' holds controversial photo op MORE (I-Mich.) voted in favor of the resolution.

"This doesn't change anything for me," Arrington said. "I think it's absurd. I think it's baseless, personally."

Democratic Reps. Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonFrom farmers to grocery store clerks, thank you to all of our food system Group of House Democrats asks for 0 billion for testing The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Chef José Andrés says most political leaders today are not acting with urgency; Dems crafting 'Rooseveltian' relief package MORE (Minn.) and Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.), who both represent districts that Trump won in 2016, voted against the resolution.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNRCC turns up heat on vulnerable Democrats over Omar's call to abolish police Shocking job numbers raise hopes for quicker recovery Engel primary challenger hits million in donations MORE (D-Calif.) said Friday that she expects public hearings to start sometime this month. She did not give any indication about when the hearings might come to a close.