Top Dem: Impeachment of Trump 'certainly not appropriate right now'

Top Dem: Impeachment of Trump 'certainly not appropriate right now'
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House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) said Sunday that it is "certainly not appropriate right now" to bring articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE.

Jeffries added during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" that House Democrats are "not going to overreach" in regard to their constitutional responsibility to serve as a check on Trump.


"We do have a constitutional responsibility pursuant to Article One to serve as a check and balance on an out-of-control executive branch," he said. "We take that responsibility seriously. However, we're not going to over-investigate. We're not going to over-politicize. We're not going to overreach as it relates to that solemn constitutional responsibility."

Jeffries's comments follow Friday's indictment against longtime informal Trump adviser Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Richard Gates's probation request Schiff says investigators seeking to identify who Giuliani spoke to on unlisted '-1' number What if impeachment fails? MOREStone was indicted by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay Trump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts MORE's team on one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements and one count of witness tampering. Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and alleged possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign.

The indictment also alleges that a top Trump campaign official was instructed to contact Stone to get information about the WikiLeaks hacks of Democratic emails ahead of the 2016 election.

Stone is the latest of several Trump associates to be charged or convicted in Mueller's probe, joining former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortHow to shut down fake Republican outrage over 'spying' on Trump DOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Richard Gates's probation request Former FBI general counsel wants apology from Trump MORE, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen.

Jeffries said Sunday that Democrats will "make sure we focus on the issues of importance to the American people."

"That's why [House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman] Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCongressional investigation finds Coast Guard leadership fell short on handling bullying Trump request for Ukrainian 'favor' tops notable quote list Impeachment can't wait MORE [D-Md.] is having a hearing this week on how we can lower the high cost of prescription drugs," he said. "That's why Richard NealRichard Edmund NealOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Turf war derails push on surprise medical bills | Bill would tax e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaign | .5M ad blitz backs vulnerable Dems on drug prices Turf war derails bipartisan push on surprise medical bills Expiring tax breaks set off year-end scramble MORE [D-Mass.], the chair of Ways and Means, is having a hearing this week on protecting people with pre-existing conditions."