U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Glenbeulah, said the House impeachment inquiry is being pushed by people who “fundamentally disagree” with President Trump on trade and immigration, and while he doesn’t think Trump did anything impeachable, “we’ll have to see what more comes out.”
In an interview aired Sunday on “UpFront,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com, Grothman said impeachment should be looked at skeptically.
“You’ve got to remember people have wanted to impeach President Trump since the day he took office. And there are reasons why he is more of a lightning rod or hated prior to his predecessors. He is trying to drain the swamp,” Grothman said.
“So as long as he is different than, what I guess I’ll call the swamp, you’re going to have a lot of people try to impeach him. Now if he did something wrong, we’ll see if that comes out today, or next week,” Grothman said in the interview recorded on Friday.
“Is there doubt in your mind that he might have done something wrong?” host Adrienne Pedersen asked.
“I don’t think he did something impeachable, but we’ll have to see,” Grothman answered.
Pedersen also asked about Trump’s decision to pull U.S. forces out of Syria, and the offensive Turkey has launched against Kurdish forces inside Syria.
“On the surface, I don’t like the decision,” Grothman said, adding he expects to learn more in a briefing from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later this week.
Grothman also said the USMCA trade agreement, which would replace NAFTA, is a good example of something that “only President Trump would have tried to tackle.”
He said the new trade agreement would be good for Wisconsin farmers and manufacturers.
Pedersen asked if he expected Congress to vote on the USMCA anytime soon.
“(House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi says we’re going to vote on it in the next two months. I think it’s hard for her to back off of that commitment,” he said. “I look forward to voting for it.”