While he believes the U.S. House of Representatives will vote to impeach President Donald Trump, 1st District U.S. Rep. James Comer says nothing he has seen would lead him to vote support the measure.
The House Intelligence Committee is scheduled to begin public hearings today on the question of whether the president violated his oath of office by asking Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and his family, and to investigate Ukraine's involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Comer answered local reporters' questions on impeachment Friday prior to participating in a ceremony at Barkley Lock launching the bio-acoustic fish fence technology designed to battle Asian carp.
"I've said from Day 1, I have not seen anything that Donald Trump has done that I would classify as impeachable," Comer said.
'I'm on the oversight committee. I've had access to all the depositions. There is nothing there that would lead me to vote for impeachment.
"Having said that, I think you'll see a party-line vote in the House … the Democrats have a majority in the House and they're dead set to impeach Donald Trump."
With the hearings being held in public, "hopefully, from this point on the process will be transparent," he said. "I think it's a terrible thing to have these depositions behind closed doors on impeachment.
"I mean, if it were something besides impeachment, then maybe it would be warranted to do it behind closed doors. From this point on it will be in the public's eyes, and I think that will be a little bit better."
According to the first-term congressman, the process sets a bad precedent going forward.
"I hope we don't have every president living under the threat of impeachment if the House of Representatives or the Senate is in a different party than the president is," he said.
If the House does move forward with impeachment, the process would move to the U.S. Senate.
"From what I understand, the House is going to vote to impeach before Christmas and Sen. McConnell is preparing for the trial to begin the end of January," Comer said.
"I'm pretty confident they (the Senate) will come nowhere close to the two-thirds majority needed to impeach, so in my opinion, this has been a big waste of time, a waste of taxpayer's dollars.
"I think the people of Kentucky are dead set that we need to focus on issues like health care, infrastructure, national security, and impeachment is not on any working Kentuckian's radar screen."