Dem senator throws cold water on impeachment talk

Sen. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenDemocrats introduce bill to rein in Trump’s power under Insurrection Act Democratic senators kneel during moment of silence for George Floyd Hillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence’ | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues MORE (D-Md.), the campaign chief for Senate Democrats, says progressive candidates should mute calls for 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’s impeachment and instead focus on winning contests in November with kitchen-table issues.

During an interview for The Hill’s Power Politics podcast, Van Hollen said Democratic candidates should focus on jobs, wages and health care ahead of next fall’s midterms.

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“I think the focus needs to be on the elections in 2018,” Van Hollen said. “I think that what we need to do is put our energy [toward] … drawing clear distinctions on these issues.”

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Van Hollen, who chairs the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, echoed Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerOvernight Health Care: US showing signs of retreat in battle against COVID-19 | Regeneron begins clinical trials of potential coronavirus antibody treatment | CMS warns nursing homes against seizing residents’ stimulus checks Schumer requests briefing with White House coronavirus task force as cases rise Schumer on Trump’s tweet about 75-year-old protester: He ‘should go back to hiding in the bunker’ MORE (D-N.Y.), who has said it is premature to call for Trump’s impeachment.

“Let me put it the right way,” Schumer told The Daily Beast during a November interview. “There may be a time. It is premature. And to call for [impeachment] now you might blow your shot when it has a better chance of happening. It is serious, serious, serious. And so … you wait.”

Power Politics, hosted by The Hill’s Alexis Simendinger, airs Saturday mornings.

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