Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on Sunday said Democrats would try to find ways to work with President Donald Trump in key policy areas, even as he and others in Democratic leadership call for continued investigations of potential wrongdoing by Trump.
“We are not focused on impeachment,” the New Yorker said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “We are focused on executing our for-the-people agenda,” which he said would focus on lowering health care costs and revitalizing the nation’s infrastructure.
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“We’re going to try to do everything we can to find common ground,” he said.
Jeffries, who chairs the House Democratic Caucus, said an “overwhelming majority” of that caucus’s members support Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s position against impeaching the president.
“We are not going to proceed unless the case is compelling, the evidence is overwhelming and, most importantly, public sentiment around impeachment is bipartisan,” he said.
Earlier in the interview, Jeffries echoed calls for the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“The American people deserve to know whether Donald Trump is either A) a legitimate president, B) a Russian asset, C) the functional equivalent of an organized crime boss or D) just a useful idiot who happens to have been victimized by the greatest collection of coincidences in the history of the republic,” he said.