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Doug Jones: ‘I don’t think there ought to be impeachment inquiries right now’ — House should ‘get away’ from impeachment talk

Senator Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook) says contrary to some reports, he is not on the “impeach Donald Trump” bandwagon and to say he is open to it was a “misinterpretation.”

During an appearance on Huntsville radio’s WVNN on Friday, Alabama’s Democratic U.S. Senator said he did not think there should be an impeachment inquiry.

“I’m really glad you asked me that because quite frankly, the Yellowhammer blog consistently misinterprets my positions on a lot of things, which I just ignore,” he said when asked about the possibilities of impeachment. “But they said this week that I was open to something like that, which is really a misinterpretation of a position. I don’t think there ought to be impeachment inquiries right now.”

Jones insisted his hope was for oversight of the Trump administration and for the threat of Russian interference into future U.S. elections to be taken seriously.

“What I have said consistently is I do believe there needs to be some oversight,” he continued. “There has to be oversight of things going on. Clearly, there have been some things going on in the administration that are conflicts of interest, that are problems that need to be looked at. Some of that goes into the White House. Some of that is within the agency. What I really wish people would focus on the most, and this is so much of the Mueller report, and it was how he closed his statement the other day: The interference by the Russians in our 2016 elections was real, and it is something every American needs to be focused on. That’s where I’d like to see the Congress – the Senate and the House focusing more on because it is going to happen again. It happened to a lesser extent in 2018, but it is gearing up to happen again in 2020, and that is something everybody should be able to rally around. That is one of those bipartisan issues that everybody needs to be stepping up to and not worry about who they might affect or disaffect, or whatever. That’s where I think the focus ought to be.”

The Jefferson County Democrat urged his congressional colleagues on the other side of Capitol Hill to get away from impeachment talk and focus on the Russian interference aspect.

“The House is going to do what they’re going to do. I can’t control that House. I wish they would get away from all the talk about impeachment – talk about doing some oversight, but more importantly, let’s talk about the Russian interference and get to the bottom of it so we can protect our democratic election.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University, the editor of Breitbart TV and host of “The Jeff Poor Show” from 2-5 p.m. on WVNN in Huntsville.

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