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 JeffriesWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team Schiff huddles in Capitol with impeachment managers Sunday shows - All eyes on Senate impeachment trial 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 lawyer: Abuse of power, obstruction articles 'have not fared well' Jeffries: Calling new witnesses for Senate trial part of following the 'Clinton model' Graham: Immediate dismissal of impeachment articles 'dead for practical purposes' 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 PelosiWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team House revives agenda after impeachment storm Democrats worry a speedy impeachment trial will shut out public 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 TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' 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 BidenSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE’s son Hunter Biden.