Sanders warns Dems about impeachment: 'I worry that works to Trump's advantage'

Sanders warns Dems about impeachment: 'I worry that works to Trump's advantage'
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Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersNew campaign ad goes after Sanders by mentioning heart attack Biden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Steyer rebukes Biden for arguing with supporter he thought was Sanders voter MORE (I) warned Democrats on Monday that focusing obsessively on impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE could backfire on the party heading into 2020.

Speaking at a CNN town hall event, Sanders said he fully supports the House’s investigations into whether the president obstructed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE’s investigation.

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But he also said he’s worried that Democrats will abandon the issues that Americans care most about if the party moves to impeach the president.

“If for the next year or year and a half, going right into the heart of the election, all that the Congress is talking about is impeaching Trump, and Trump, Trump, Trump and Mueller, Mueller, Mueller, and we’re not talking about health care, we're not talking about raising the minimum wage … we're not talking about combating climate change … and all of the issues that concern ordinary Americans, I worry that works to Trump's advantage," Sanders said.

Earlier in the night, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenBiden on whether Sanders can unify party as nominee: 'It depends' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — HHS has no plans to declare emergency over coronavirus | GOP senator calls for travel ban to stop outbreak | Warren releases plan to contain infectious diseases Biden lines up high-profile surrogates to campaign in Iowa MORE (D-Mass.), who has called on the House to begin impeachment proceedings, said politics should not be a factor in how the House responds to the Mueller report.

“There is no political inconvenience exception to the United States Constitution,” Warren said. “If any other human being in this country did what’s documented in the Mueller report, they would have been arrested and put in jail. Obstruction of justice is a serious crime in this country. Mueller believed he couldn’t bring an indictment against a sitting president. I think he’s wrong about that but that’s what he believes … this is not about politics, this is about principle.”