Murphy says voters want Congress to focus on facts, not 'loyalty to the cult of Donald Trump'

Murphy says voters want Congress to focus on facts, not 'loyalty to the cult of Donald Trump'
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Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyDemocrats ramp up pressure for infrastructure deal amid time crunch Democrats brace for slog on Biden's spending plan Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia MORE (D- Conn.) said he thinks American voters will ask Congress to focus on facts when it comes to the impeachment investigation rather than adhere to "their loyalty to the cult of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE." 

Murphy told Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers recount the horror of Jan. 6 NFL Network's Rich Eisen says he has COVID-19 despite being vaccinated Newsmax host suggests vaccines 'against nature' MORE on "Meet the Press" that some Republican politicians are taking "wild" steps to defend the president.

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"I think there are a lot of regular citizens out there that are going to demand their members of Congress look at the facts, make a decision on the facts and not make a decision based on their loyalty to the cult of Donald Trump."

The Connecticut senator added he thinks the "only choice now" is for Congress to "take this to the American public."

Polls have shown public approval for impeachment has been climbing as reports on the president's July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have surfaced. 

Murphy also encouraged his GOP colleagues to put their constitutional responsibility over their fear of retribution from the president.

"They shouldn't be fearful of this president, if they vote to get rid of him, there's nothing he could do to hurt them," Murphy said.

The House launched an impeachment inquiry last month following reports of the president asking Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFirst lady leaves Walter Reed after foot procedure Biden backs effort to include immigration in budget package MyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News MORE and his son while simultaneously withholding military aid. 

Many Republicans have defended the president, saying there was no "quid pro quo" involved in the interaction.

Todd called out Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGrassley pressured to run as Democrats set sights on Iowa Sunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Democrats question GOP shift on vaccines MORE (R-Wisc.) in the preceding interview for avoiding a question to try "to make Donald Trump feel better here that you're not criticizing him."