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 TillisCash surge puts more Senate races in play Tillis says impeachment is 'a waste of resources' GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe 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 TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE's call to Ukraine and China to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSupport for impeachment inches up in poll Overnight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment 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 PelosiGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg would support delaying Libra | More attorneys general join Facebook probe | Defense chief recuses from 'war cloud' contract | Senate GOP blocks two election security bills | FTC brings case against 'stalking' app developer 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.