Pelosi called Dem mega-donor's 'Impeach Trump' campaign a 'distraction': report

Pelosi called Dem mega-donor's 'Impeach Trump' campaign a 'distraction': report
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) expressed concern about billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer's ad campaign calling for President Trump's impeachment, according to a report from Politico.

Pelosi publicly called the ad "great" during an appearance on MSNBC. But in private, she reportedly told lawmakers at a Democratic leadership meeting the ad was a "distraction" and had reached out to Steyer to express her displeasure 

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A source close to Steyer said the two have not spoken since the ad's launch.

The Hill has reached out to Pelosi's office for comment. 

The report comes after Steyer in October launched a $10-million national ad campaign calling for Trump's impeachment.

In the ad, Steyer criticizes Trump's actions on health care, immigration and the environment, and says a Republican Congress impeached Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonMontana governor raises profile ahead of potential 2020 bid Dem senator ties Kavanaugh confirmation vote to Trump-Putin controversy Don't place all your hopes — or fears — on a new Supreme Court justice MORE for less.

Trump in turn ripped Steyer in a tweet last week, calling him "wacky" and "totally unhinged."

Steyer, who has been seen as a potential primary challenger to Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSunk judicial pick spills over into Supreme Court fight Senate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump picks for key court Deal to fix family separations hits snag in the Senate MORE (D-Calif.), is not the only Democratic figure calling for Trump's impeachment. 

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenTom Steyer compares movement to impeach Trump to civil rights movement Juan Williams: Midterms will be referendum on Trump Dem lawmaker: We will impeach Trump if we retake the House MORE (D-Texas), who has long talked about pursuing impeachment against the president, unveiled articles of impeachment early last month. 

However, when the GOP presiding officer moved to begin the process to consider the resolution within the hour, Green did not show up. The resolution was therefore not offered and is not getting an imminent vote.

Pelosi has called for a different approach to dealing with the president, telling Democrats to focus on policy and on regaining the majority in 2018. 

This story was updated at 3:42 p.m.