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 JeffriesJeffries: 'Sick and cynical' for GOP to blame Pelosi for Jan. 6 Democrat unveils bill to allow only House members to serve as Speaker Progressive fighting turns personal on internal call over antitrust bills 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) WallaceAnything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why Biden walks fine line with Fox News Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book 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 PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris 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 TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement 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 BidenThe Supreme Court and blind partisanship ended the illusion of independent agencies Missed debt ceiling deadline kicks off high-stakes fight Senate infrastructure talks spill over into rare Sunday session MORE’s son Hunter Biden.