Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisGOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe The Hill’s Campaign Report: Warren, Sanders overtake Biden in third-quarter fundraising During impeachment storm, senators cross aisle to lessen mass incarceration MORE (R-N.C.) said Wednesday that impeachment is “a waste of resources.”
Tillis’s comments came after CNN asked the senator if he had concerns about President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi hits back at Trump over letter: ‘Only the latest attempt to cover up his betrayal of our democracy’ Trump directed Perry, State Dept. officials to talk to Giuliani on Ukraine: report Murkowski warns against rushing to conclusions on Trump impeachment MORE‘s call to Ukraine and China to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPelosi hits back at Trump over letter: ‘Only the latest attempt to cover up his betrayal of our democracy’ Clinton jokes she could ‘obviously’ beat Trump in 2020 ‘rematch’ Gowdy in talks to join Trump’s impeachment defense team MORE.
“I’m going to leave it to the President to make that decision,” CNN reported he said.
The North Carolina senator said lawmakers need to focus on the American worker and the economy instead of “shifting resources away for what I don’t believe rise to the level of any kind of impeachment inquiry or impeachment.”
“I’ve seen the transcript, I’ve seen the complaint, and if that alone is all they’re using to drive all the resources in the House, then I think it’s a waste of resources,” Tillis told CNN.
The senator also mentioned that the House has not brought a vote for the impeachment inquiry to the floor as other Republican lawmakers have requested. Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi hits back at Trump over letter: ‘Only the latest attempt to cover up his betrayal of our democracy’ Murkowski warns against rushing to conclusions on Trump impeachment Turkey says it will cross into Syria ‘shortly,’ issues warning to Kurdish fighters MORE (D-Calif.) has said she plans to do so.
CNN notes Tillis may be vulnerable in his election in 2020. Senators in similar positions have remained relatively quiet on the subject of impeachment.
The inquiry began after a whistleblower report came to light on the president’s call with the Ukrainian president, in which he asked the leader to “look into” Biden and his son. Shortly before, the president withheld military aid from the country.