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 AmashHillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware House passes anti-robocall bill Pressure grows on House GOP leaders to hold line ahead of impeachment trial 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 PetersonFive questions looming over impeachment How centrist Dems learned to stop worrying and love impeachment GOP lawmaker says House impeachment rules vote 'doesn't change anything for me' MORE (Minn.) and Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.), who both represent districts that Trump won in 2016, voted against the resolution.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans On The Money: Falling impeachment support raises pressure for Dems on trade | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Biden eyes minimum tax for corporations | Fed's top regulator under pressure over Dodd-Frank rules Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Virginia moves to suspend Medicaid work rules | Powerful House panel sets 'Medicare for All' hearing | Hospitals sue over Trump price rule | FDA official grilled on vaping policy 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.