House Republican on impeachment vote: 'I hope cooler heads will prevail in the future'

Rep. Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherGOP lawmaker: New sanctions provide 'offramp' from rising US-Iran tensions GOP Congressman reacts to Trump's address Hillicon Valley: DHS warns of Iranian cyber threats | YouTube updates child content policy | California privacy law takes effect | Tech, cyber issues to watch in 2020 MORE (R-Wis.) on Wednesday ripped House Democrats as they move to hold a historic vote on articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE over his dealings with Ukraine.

Gallagher echoed comments made by his Republican colleagues, accusing Democrats of trying to reverse the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. He also dismissed the two charges against Trump — abuse of power and and obstruction of Congress — as “exceptionally weak.”

“I worry this opens up a pandora’s box where we’re going to be mired in a state of perpetual impeachment,” Gallagher told Hill.TV.

“We’re going to have people on both sides trying to delegitimize every election and that is just a sad state for our country to be in, so this is going nowhere and I hope cooler heads will prevail in the future,” he added.

Wednesday's vote on articles of impeachment follows months of House investigations into Trump’s actions with Ukraine.

Though Democratic leadership has long resisted calls for removing Trump from office, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon Hillicon Valley: FBI to now notify state officials of cyber breaches | Pelosi rips 'shameful' Facebook | 5G group beefs up lobby team | Spotify unveils playlists for pets Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' MORE (D-Calif.) formally announced an impeachment inquiry in September following a whistleblower’s complaint that alleged  Trump, in exchange for military aid, tried to pressure Ukraine into opening investigations into his political rivals.

The impeachment vote is expected to largely fall along party lines.

All but four of the 31 Democrats representing districts that Trump won in the 2016 election are expected to vote for the articles of impeachment. 

Trump, who has been defiant throughout the investigation, seethed over the impending impeachment vote. In a six-page letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), he called for an end to the “impeachment fantasy” and accused Democrats of “subverting America’s democracy.”

—Tess Bonn