U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson as expected was one of two Democrats voting “no” when the U-S House Wednesday night impeached President Donald Trump for alleged abuse of power. And Peterson was one of three Democrats who voted against the impeachment article on obstruction of Congress.

In a statement Peterson says, “I’m not a lawyer and am not sure what ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’ are, but I do know that this process has not convinced the people in my district we have impeachable offenses and that the president needs to be removed.” Peterson adds, “The inquiry and hearing have been partisan and have failed in convincing the country while further placating some people who have wanted the president impeached since he was elected.”

Republican challenger, former Lieutenant Governor and state Senator Michelle Fischbach, says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi let Peterson off the hook so he can say to the voters in his district that he voted no. Most analysts say if Peterson runs for re-election, he’ll face a tough battle.

The rest of Minnesota’s U-S House delegation voted along party lines: Democrats Angie Craig, Dean Phillips, Betty McCollum and Ilhan Omar voted to impeach the president; Republicans Jim Hagedorn, Tom Emmer and Pete Stauber voted against.

— Story by Bill Werner of Minnesota News Network

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