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Jeffries predicts more Republicans will support impeachment inquiry

Jeffries predicts more Republicans will support impeachment inquiry
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Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesHarris holds first meeting in ceremonial office with CBC members Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Congressional Black Caucus unveils '100 Day Plan' 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 TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee 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 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' 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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