Jeffries predicts more Republicans will support impeachment inquiry

Jeffries predicts more Republicans will support impeachment inquiry
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Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesSunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial The Hill's Morning Report - Dems to lay out impeachment case to senators next week Seven things to know about the Trump trial 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 TrumpTrump's newest Russia adviser, Andrew Peek, leaves post: report Hawley expects McConnell's final impeachment resolution to give White House defense ability to motion to dismiss Trump rips New York City sea wall: 'Costly, foolish' and 'environmentally unfriendly idea' 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 BidenBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger pens op-ed in defense of Biden: 'I stuttered once, too. I dare you to mock me' 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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