Hakeem Jeffries
**FILE** Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., speaks outside of the CVC Auditorium after narrowly winning an intraparty contest for House Democratic Caucus chair against Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., during the House Democrats' organizational caucus meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images)

With the Muller investigation completed and while the Trump White House gloats over its “I told you so” victory, the Democrats in Congress continue to move forward with H.R. 1 For the People agenda, passed unanimously in November following their takeover of the House in the midterm elections.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York and the newly-elected chair of the House Democratic Caucus said on Sunday morning’s news talk shows that the American people deserve “full-disclosure” and “transparency” of the Muller report. That’s so, he said, they can know whether Trump is “A.) a legitimate president; B.) a Russian asset; C.) the functional equivalent of an organized crime boss; or D.) just a useful idiot who happens to have been victimized by the greatest collection of coincidences in the history of the republic.” He also stressed, however, the Democrats are not going to proceed with any impeachment proceedings “unless the case is compelling, the evidence is overwhelming and, most important, public sentiment around impeachment is bipartisan.”

Jeffries pivoted the discussion to the Democrats’ commitment and progress on the H.R. 1 Act focused on cleaning up corruption in Washington, lowering health care and prescription drug costs, raising wages and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure.

It is clear that Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, are trying to get back on track by addressing the concerns of those American voters who elected them. Trump proclaims the successes of his Administration including a strong economy and jobs, but far too many Americans have yet to realize those successes in their homes, on their jobs or, especially, in their pockets. While Trump continues to seek billions of dollars to build a wall along the southern border like a fast-moving train that has gained momentum with his national security emergency declaration and the failed attempt by the Congress to veto it, Americans must contend with healthcare concerns, jobs and a deteriorating infrastructure.

The 2020 election is just around the corner and it’s now time to move on with an agenda that has American voters as its focus. Doubts about Trump will persist, regardless of the detailed findings by Muller and others who will continue to search for the truth, but American voters have been forced to take sides, battling over issues that are far less important to the nation.

The efforts by the Democrats to refocus is a smart move and a refreshing one that strives for bipartisan support. Only time will tell if it is realistic but the effort deserves recognition and credit.

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