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 TillisBiden's bipartisan deal faces Senate gauntlet The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands GOP senator credits Sinema for infrastructure deal 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 TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE's call to Ukraine and China to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP report on COVID-19 origins homes in on lab leak theory READ: The .2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Senators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session MORE.


"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 PelosiManchin on reported boos at Democratic luncheon: 'I heard a lot of nos' Kinzinger supports Jan. 6 panel subpoenas for Republicans, including McCarthy Ocasio-Cortez: Democrats can't blame GOP for end of eviction moratorium 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.