CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin shared his frustrations with Democratic lawmakers’ impeachment talk during a Friday appearance on the network.
Toobin claimed that Democrats discussing impeachment were doing nothing beneficial and that they should be acting on their talk if they were serious.
“I think the Democrats should stop talking about investigating and do investigating,” Toobin said. “Hold some hearings, talk about the substance of the investigation, not this process talk … Get to work. Don’t talk about it. This is not helpful.”
As IJR News reported, since the Mueller report was released, Democrats have been discussing the possibility of impeachment.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has, in the past, been reluctant to discuss impeachment, but after recent tense arguments with President Donald Trump, the speaker has gone as far as to say, “I want to see him in prison” when discussing impeachment. However, Toobin pointed out that the discussions were not effective.
“I don’t think Democrats are helped at all by this sort of process argument, about how we should do it or when we should do it,” said Toobin.
He also mentioned that only one committee has had any sort of hearing on the issue and their time to act on the report is closing.
“It’s June already. Intelligence committee hasn’t held any serious hearings, oversight has held a couple,” Toobin said. “The Michael Cohen hearing was a serious, important hearing. The judiciary committee hasn’t held any significant hearings about investigating the president. Do that. Don’t talk about this.”
While Democrats have occupied their time with impeachment talk, many voters do not believe that impeachment is the right strategy. A recent poll conducted by The Hill revealed that only 35% of voters want an impeachment inquiry to be started.
It is uncertain what action, if any, Democrats will take toward impeachment in the upcoming weeks.