Sanders warns Dems about impeachment: 'I worry that works to Trump's advantage'

Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I) warned Democrats on Monday that focusing obsessively on impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE could backfire on the party heading into 2020.

Speaking at a CNN town hall event, Sanders said he fully supports the House’s investigations into whether the president obstructed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN’s Toobin warns McCabe is in ‘perilous condition’ with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill’s 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s investigation.

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But he also said he’s worried that Democrats will abandon the issues that Americans care most about if the party moves to impeach the president.

“If for the next year or year and a half, going right into the heart of the election, all that the Congress is talking about is impeaching Trump, and Trump, Trump, Trump and Mueller, Mueller, Mueller, and we’re not talking about health care, we’re not talking about raising the minimum wage … we’re not talking about combating climate change … and all of the issues that concern ordinary Americans, I worry that works to Trump’s advantage,” Sanders said.

Earlier in the night, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), who has called on the House to begin impeachment proceedings, said politics should not be a factor in how the House responds to the Mueller report.

“There is no political inconvenience exception to the United States Constitution,” Warren said. “If any other human being in this country did what’s documented in the Mueller report, they would have been arrested and put in jail. Obstruction of justice is a serious crime in this country. Mueller believed he couldn’t bring an indictment against a sitting president. I think he’s wrong about that but that’s what he believes … this is not about politics, this is about principle.”

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