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 AmashSanders co-chair: Greenwald charges could cause 'chilling effect on journalism across the world' Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall 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 PetersonThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week House delivers impeachment articles to Senate Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall MORE (Minn.) and Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.), who both represent districts that Trump won in 2016, voted against the resolution.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: Justices won't fast-track ObamaCare case before election | New virus spreads from China to US | Collins challenger picks up Planned Parenthood endorsement Why Senate Republicans should eagerly call witnesses to testify Trump health chief: 'Not a need' for ObamaCare replacement plan right now 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.