Jeffries predicts more Republicans will support impeachment inquiry

Jeffries predicts more Republicans will support impeachment inquiry
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Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesDemocratic leaders: Supreme Court fight is about ObamaCare Pelosi: House will stay in session until agreement is reached on coronavirus relief Races heat up for House leadership posts MORE (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said Sunday that he believes more Republicans will start backing the impeachment inquiry launched into President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE

“I believe [more Republicans] will support us moving forward,” Jeffries said on CNN's "State of the Union." 

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Jeffries also noted that more than 300 former national security officials have come out in support of an impeachment inquiry into Trump. 

“The House is a separate and co-equal branch, we don’t work for this president,” Jeffries said.

“We have a responsibility to serve as a check and balance and these issues are serious,” he added. 

The House impeachment inquiry was launched amid a whistleblower complaint alleging Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE, a 2020 candidate, and his son. The complaint also claims that White House officials were directed to remove the transcripts of the calls from the system in which they are typically stored.

“The president has betrayed his oath of office. The president has abused his power in a manner that undermines our national security and the integrity of our elections,” Jeffries said on Sunday. 

--This report was updated at 10:42 a.m.

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