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Newsom says he supports impeachment but 'not my focus right now'

The Assembly voted in favor of removing Trump as president with a 51-6 vote that showed where lawmakers stood on the issue.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom. June 3, 2020
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Updated: January 12, 2021 - 3:44pm

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he supports fellow Democrats' effort in Congress to impeach President Trump, but that's not his primary concern amid a deadly surge in coronavirus cases in his state.

"I appreciate that focus, and I support it, but that's not my focus right now," said Newsom, according to Politico.

California now has over 30,000 virus-related deaths.

Meanwhile, the state's Democrat-controlled General Assembly on Monday passed a measure calling for the immediate removal of the president.

The measure was brought by Assembly member Chad Mayes, an independent and former Assembly Republican leader.

The measure passed 51-6, with most of the Assembly's 19 Republicans declining to cast a vote.