Tillis says impeachment is 'a waste of resources'

Tillis says impeachment is 'a waste of resources'
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Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisProgressive group launches campaign targeting vulnerable GOP senators on impeachment Senate braces for bitter fight over impeachment rules Juan Williams: Counting the votes to remove Trump MORE (R-N.C.) said Wednesday that impeachment is "a waste of resources."

Tillis's comments came after CNN asked the senator if he had concerns about President TrumpDonald John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial MORE's call to Ukraine and China to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial Sanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden MORE.

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"I'm going to leave it to the President to make that decision," CNN reported he said.

The North Carolina senator said lawmakers need to focus on the American worker and the economy instead of "shifting resources away for what I don't believe rise to the level of any kind of impeachment inquiry or impeachment."

"I've seen the transcript, I've seen the complaint, and if that alone is all they're using to drive all the resources in the House, then I think it's a waste of resources," Tillis told CNN. 

The senator also mentioned that the House has not brought a vote for the impeachment inquiry to the floor as other Republican lawmakers have requested. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSekulow indicates White House not interested in motion to dismiss impeachment articles Overnight Health Care: Trump restores funding for Texas program that bars Planned Parenthood | Trump to attend March for Life | PhRMA spent record on 2019 lobbying Key House committee chairman to meet with Mnuchin on infrastructure next week MORE (D-Calif.) has said she plans to do so.

CNN notes Tillis may be vulnerable in his election in 2020. Senators in similar positions have remained relatively quiet on the subject of impeachment.

The inquiry began after a whistleblower report came to light on the president's call with the Ukrainian president, in which he asked the leader to "look into" Biden and his son. Shortly before, the president withheld military aid from the country.