Rep. Debbie Dingell Friday insisted Friday that as a Democrat, she'll work hard to ensure that there will be a fair process moving forward in the impeachment inquiry for President Donald Trump, and she wishes that Thursday's procedure vote had not gone so much along party lines.
"I'm worried about this country," the Michigan Democrat told Fox News' 'America's Newsroom." "I'm an American first, and I wish it had not been such a party vote."
She emphasized that the vote was not to impeach Trump, but for a process to proceed, and it is "extremely inclusive of Republicans, which the classified setting as well has been."
However, Dingell said she's concerned about how divided the country is, and the vote did not make her feel any better.
"As this is all unfolding, we have intelligence agencies from around the world telling us Russia is trying to destabilize governments around the world," she said.
Dingell said she's talked to her Republican friends about how to keep the country together, noting that during the impeachment of President Richard Nixon, she was an intern for Republican Sen. Bob Griffin.
"I flew back with him he called Richard Nixon and told him to resign,' said Dingell. "As the Republicans got the information they realize he had lied they told him he had to step up and do something."
She also said she thinks it's important the hearings are becoming public.
Dingell rejected "talking points" that are saying Democrats are not giving Republicans in the closed-door meetings the same amount of time to question witnesses.
"The general counsel of the White House, Republicans are in every one of these meetings," she said.
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