CNN's Van Jones: Democrats in 'lose-lose' situation on impeachment

CNN's Van Jones: Democrats in 'lose-lose' situation on impeachment
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CNN host Van Jones on Thursday said that Democrats are in a "lose-lose situation" on impeachment, adding that heavy media attention on such efforts "take the oxygen away from [2020 Democratic presidential] candidates" while making an appearance on the network.

“It’s a tricky thing, the impeachment process, because for some Republicans it makes them want to rally around the flag," Jones told anchor Erin Burnett on "Outfront."


"When I was anti-Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFederal judge changes his mind about stepping down, eliminating vacancy for Biden to fill Joe Biden's gamble with history Can America prevent a global warming cold war? MORE from the left in the ’90s, and then they tried to impeach him, suddenly Clinton was my best friend,” he continued. “I was like, ‘Leave Bill Clinton alone.’ So, I think you get crosscurrents in this thing, and at the same time, the Democrats are in a lose-lose situation.” 


“If they don’t do something, their own base is going to feel disappointed and feel like maybe Trump gets away too much,” Jones, a former Obama official, added. “If you go through with impeachment, though, you divide the country further, you take the oxygen away from your candidates, and you still don’t solve the problem of foreign interference. Just because you impeach a president, it doesn’t mean you don’t still have the problem of foreign interference. It’s a big mess.”

Recent polls show mixed results but a rising appetite from the public on impeaching President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE.

A recent CBS News poll shows 55 percent in favor an impeachment inquiry into Trump, with 45 percent not supporting it.

The same CBS poll also says 58 percent say Trump does not deserve to be impeached or that it’s “too soon to say.”

On job approval amid impeachment efforts, a Hill-HarrisX survey released Wednesday sees the president's approval ticking up to 49 percent — its highest mark this year.