Panetta: Dems shouldn't get ahead of themselves on impeachment

Panetta: Dems shouldn't get ahead of themselves on impeachment

Former CIA Director Leon Panetta said Sunday morning that Democrats should not get ahead of themselves when it comes to trying to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE.

“I think the most important thing that the Democrats could do is to allow [special counsel] Bob Mueller to complete his work,” Panetta told ABC’s “This Week.”

“I think Bob Mueller’s report will ultimately determine what additional steps need to be taken against the president,” Panetta continued. “And they ought not to get ahead of that report because that will be the key to determining what happens in the future.”

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Panetta went on to say that he believes the evidence is piling up for a case that Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice.

“They are getting very close to making a case for obstruction of justice,” Panetta told ABC.

He pointed to the president’s demeaning comments about the investigation as well as statements from Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, regarding his efforts on behalf of the president.

“I think they have to be very careful of using this tactic to undermine the special counsel and the special prosecutor,” Panetta said.

The issue of impeachment has gained prominence since Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to eight counts two weeks ago, including one charge of violating campaign finance law, in which he implicated the president.

However, Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis, an opinion contributor to The Hill, has also said that there may be no corroborating evidence that the president violated campaign finance law.

Some Democrats, including Reps. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenThe Memo: Trump's race tactics fall flat Trump administration ending support for 7 Texas testing sites as coronavirus cases spike The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Miami mayor worries about suicide and domestic violence rise; Trump-governor debate intensifies MORE (Texas) and Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersMaxine Waters expresses confidence Biden will pick Black woman as VP Bill from Warren, Gillibrand and Waters would make Fed fight economic racial inequalities Waters rips Trump, GOP over mail-in ballots: 'They'll lie, cheat and steal to stay in power' MORE (Calif.), have said the Cohen plea deal means that the president’s impeachment is imminent if the Democrats take back Congress in the midterm elections.

Others, such as Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael Swalwell'This already exists': Democrats seize on potential Trump executive order on preexisting conditions Swalwell: Barr has taken Michael Cohen's job as Trump's fixer The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Chris Christie says Trump team wasn't aggressive enough early in COVID-19 crisis; Tensions between White House, Fauci boil over MORE (D-Calif.) and former President Carter, have cautioned that the discussions about impeachment on the left are premature.

Carter said last Tuesday that he thinks the outcomes of the midterms are as of yet too uncertain to seriously discuss impeachment.

Swalwell said last Sunday that there is simply not enough evidence for impeachment proceedings at this time.