House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (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’ job is “to follow the facts.”
On “Fox News Sunday,” anchor Chris Wallace asked Jeffries to respond to polling finding support for impeachment had fallen to 48 percent over a two-month span after initially enjoying majority support.
“Democrats have been making your best case to the public for two months now, you just finished 30 hours of public hearings and the public apparently isn’t buying it,” Wallace said, noting Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), before the start of the inquiry, had said the House would only seek impeachment with bipartisan support.
Jeffries countered with other polling indicating 50 percent support for impeachment, as well as polling indicating 70 percent of Americans believed President Trump 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 fast 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 already 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 Biden’s son Hunter.