Jimmy Carter: Talking about impeaching Trump is 'wrong thing for Democrats to do'
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Former President Carter said Tuesday that discussing the impeachment of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall MORE is "the wrong thing for Democrats to do" ahead of this year's midterm elections.

"I don’t talk about impeachment. I think that’s the wrong thing for Democrats to do. I think the outcome of the 2018 elections are just completely unknown now," Carter told Fox Business Network's Neil Cavuto.

He added that he intends to help Democratic candidates "any way I can," and that he's hopeful voters "will make the right choice."


Democratic leaders have largely downplayed impeachment proceedings against the president, saying they are not a priority ahead of Election Day.

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOn The Money: Senate Dems to introduce resolution blocking Trump emergency declaration | Banks made billion in extra profits thanks to GOP tax law | IRS analyst charged with leaking Cohen's financial records Coast Guard lieutenant accused of planning domestic terrorism denied bail Inviting Kim Jong Un to Washington MORE (D-Calif.) maintained that position in the aftermath of former Trump fixer Michael Cohen and former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortWhite House braces for Mueller report Hillicon Valley: Trump pushes to speed up 5G rollout | Judge hits Roger Stone with full gag order | Google ends forced arbitration | Advertisers leave YouTube after report on pedophile ring Manafort to be sentenced for bank, tax fraud in Virginia on March 8 MORE being implicated in court proceedings last week.

However, many liberal lawmakers and progressive allies are pushing impeachment, particularly after Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, told a judge that he violated campaign finance laws at Trump's direction while entering a guilty plea in New York.

Trump and other Republicans have used the specter of impeachment to encourage voters to turn out in November. The president told supporters at a rally in April that Republicans need to retain control of the House to make sure impeachment doesn't become a reality.

A faction of Democrats have already attempted to introduce impeachment articles in the House on two separate occasions. Both efforts failed overwhelmingly