NBC falsely claimed that a single Republican voted in favor of the impeachment process resolution when zero Republicans voted for the resolution and two Democrats voted against it.
During “Meet the Press” on Nov. 3, host Chuck Todd aired a graphic noting that 31 House Democrats voted in favor of impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton but also inaccurately said that a Republican voted in favor of the proceedings against President Donald Trump.
The vote to approve the resolution, which laid out guidelines for the next phase of the impeachment inquiry, was 232-196.
No GOP members voted for the resolution. And two Democrats—Reps. Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)—voted with Republicans against the legislation.
“Without bipartisan support, I believe this inquiry will further divide the country, tearing it apart at the seams and will ultimately fail in the Senate,” Van Drew said in a statement.
“This impeachment process continues to be hopelessly partisan,” Peterson said in a statement. “I have some serious concerns with the way the closed-door depositions were run, and am skeptical that we will have a process that is open, transparent, and fair.”
Todd on NBC claimed that Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) was the Republican who voted with Democrats for the resolution. Amash left the Republican party about five months ago, on July 4.
The “1” on the graphic “Meet the Press” aired included an asterisk.
“I have one with an asterisk here. I dont know what you do with Justin Amash. Its not a zero. At the same time, hes not a Republican anymore,” Todd, the host, said on air.
Appearing with Todd, CNBC reporter John Harwood said later in the segment, “The Republican number was zero.”
Several congressmen are independents, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).