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 TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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 PelosiREAD: House impeachment managers' trial brief Desperate Democrats badmouth economy even as it booms Pelosi offers message to Trump on Bill Maher show: 'You are impeached forever' MORE (D-Calif.) maintained that position in the aftermath of former Trump fixer Michael Cohen and former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ releases new tranche of Mueller witness documents Treasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort DOJ argues Democrats no longer need Mueller documents after impeachment vote 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