Clyburn says he thinks House will eventually impeach Trump

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Sunday he believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE will be impeached "at some point" but that Democrats must first build a case for impeachment.

Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in House leadership, offered the remarks in an interview with Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperBiden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' White House officials stand by Syria withdrawal, sanctions delay amid bipartisan pushback Kasich to Congress: 'Look in the mirror at how you want to be remembered' MORE on CNN's "State of the Union."

When Tapper asked Clyburn if he thought Democrats would launch impeachment proceedings against Trump, he said, "Yes, that's exactly what I feel."

"What [Speaker] Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCummings to lie in state at the Capitol House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union —Dem wants more changes to Pelosi drug pricing bill | Ebola outbreak wanes, but funding lags | Johnson & Johnson recalls batch of baby powder after asbestos traces found MORE [D-Calif.] is trying to do, and the rest of us in the House of Representatives, is to develop a process by which we can efficiently move on this issue so that when we get to a vote, it would be something that she calls ironclad, I call effective. And that is why we are trying to take our time and do this right," Clyburn added.

Clyburn said House Democrats are not "particularly interested in the Senate" but rather are waiting to "bring the public along." 

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Polls show a majority of voters oppose impeachment, and Pelosi has consistently set a high bar for moving forward, largely because she sees a political risk to it. 

But Pelosi and other Democrats have suggested that if there is more public support for impeachment, it could happen. Clyburn echoed that view on Sunday.

"We do believe that if we sufficiently, effectively educate the public, then we will have done our job, and we can move on an impeachment vote," he said.

Clyburn added that special counsel Robert Mueller "has developed the grounds for impeachment."

"The House has to determine the timing for impeachment. There's a big difference," he said. 

Pelosi and other Democratic leaders are coming under rising pressure from members of their caucus to move forward with impeachment.