Tester: Talk of Trump impeachment 'not appropriate'
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Democratic Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDemocrats wrangle to keep climate priorities in spending bill  On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Senators huddle on path forward for SALT deduction in spending bill MORE (Mont.) is hitting back at the progressive wing of his party, saying that talk of impeaching President TrumpDonald TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't MORE is inappropriate.

"I just think it's silly talk," Tester told HBO's "Vice News Tonight" when asked about calls for Trump's impeachment from some Democrats. "I mean, I think it's not appropriate, at all. I don't think the investigation that's been done on Russia — the information isn't back yet. And, it's way way way way way premature."
He added that the probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, and potential collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign, is still ongoing.
"Once you get the facts then understand what those facts are really saying and then hold people accountable," Tester said in the interview that aired this week. "And I don't think ... what he did is going to be an impeachable offense, if he did anything."
Tester is running for reelection in November in a state that Trump won by more than 20 percentage points in 2016. He's one of 10 Senate Democrats defending a seat in a state carried by the president.
Trump is heading to Montana for a political rally on Thursday in support of Tester's Republican opponent, Matt Rosendale.
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Trump and Republicans homed in on the Montana Senate seat after Tester publicly discussed allegations against Ronny Jackson, Trump's pick to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jackson withdrew his nomination amid backlash over the allegations, which included accusations of drunken incidents.
Trump warned that Tester would have a "big price to pay" for the allegations against Jackson and ultimately called for Tester to resign. The accusations sparked a Defense Department investigation, and Tester noted that the allegations were raised by more than two dozen individuals.
"Allegations made by Senator Jon Tester against Admiral/Doctor Ron Jackson are proving false," Trump tweeted in April. "The Secret Service is unable to confirm (in fact they deny) any of the phony Democrat charges which have absolutely devastated the wonderful Jackson family. Tester should resign."
Tester, during the "Vice News" interview, brushed off Trump's call for him to resign, noting that he was "still a U.S. senator."
He added while Trump hasn't been consistent on policy, he still trusts the president.  
"When he came after me on Ronny Jackson, he was straight up about it," Tester said. "He didn't stab me in the back. ... He attacked me to my face. I'm okay with that."