Top Judiciary Democrat dismisses poll showing declining support for impeachment: 'Our job is to follow the facts'

Top Judiciary Democrat dismisses poll showing declining support for impeachment: 'Our job is to follow the facts'
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House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesLive coverage: Witnesses say Trump committed impeachable offenses Pelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers Lawmakers turn attention to potential witnesses at Judiciary impeachment hearings MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday dismissed a poll showing declining support for the House’s impeachment inquiry, noting other polling contradicting the result and saying Congress’s job is “to follow the facts.”

On “Fox News Sunday,” anchor Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceTrump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests Judiciary Democrat: 'This is a classic example of an impeachable offense' Pentagon chief says he's ordered review of foreign nationals exchange programs after Pensacola shooting MORE asked Jeffries to respond to polling that found support for impeachment had fallen to 48 percent over a two-month span after initially enjoying majority support.

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“You've been making your best case to the public for two months now. You just finished 30 hours of televised hearings, 12 witnesses, and the public apparently isn't buying it at this point,” Wallace said, noting that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing White House, Democrats strike tentative deal to create Space Force in exchange for federal parental leave benefits: report Trump: Fox News 'panders' to Democrats by having on liberal guests MORE (D-Calif.) said before the start of the inquiry that the House would seek impeachment only with bipartisan support.

Jeffries countered with other polling indicating 50 percent support for impeachment as well as polling indicating 70 percent of Americans believe President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers prep ahead of impeachment hearing Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Warren says she made almost M from legal work over past three decades MORE committed wrongdoing with regard to Ukraine.

“Our job is to follow the facts, apply the law, be guided by the U.S. Constitution and present the truth to the American people no matter where it leads because no one is above the law,” Jeffries said. “That’s what we have been doing. That’s what we are doing. That’s what we’re going to continue to do moving forward.”

Wallace also pressed Jeffries on Republican complaints that the impeachment inquiry is moving too quickly for the White House to adequately defend itself, asking, “How can you ask the White House to participate in a hearing three days from now when they don’t even know who the witnesses are going to be?”

Jeffries responded by noting the numerous witnesses who testified before the House Intelligence Committee, many of whom were Trump appointees, and that several of them testified to the existence of a quid pro quo conditioning aid to Ukraine on investigations of the 2016 election and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Buttigieg 'doesn't have significant black support even in his own city' Biden: 'I'd add' Warren to my list of potential VP picks How can top Democrats run the economy with no business skill? MORE’s son Hunter Biden.