Dem lawmaker: Trump impeachment talks 'premature' right now

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) told Hill.TV this week that talks of Trump’s impeachment were “just a premature topic at this moment,” the latest sign of a divide among congressional Democrats about whether to pursue the matter.

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenDemocrats face Catch-22 with Trump impeachment strategy Dems seek to rein in calls for impeachment Democrats renew attacks on Trump attorney general MORE (D-Texas) has been vocal in his push to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE, even introducing articles of impeachment two separate times. Both efforts failed in House floor votes.

House Democratic leaders have voiced concerns over impeachment talk, fearing it will give Republicans an edge when voters head to the polls on Nov. 6.

Trump has made impeachment a midterm issue to help motivate his base. He recently told a crowd in Montana, “If I get impeached, it’s your fault because you didn’t vote.”

If the Democrats win back the majority in the House, impeachment proceedings could become a possibility. For now, many Democrats don’t want to go there.

“I don’t want to talk about impeachment until we have that step," Cuellar told Hill.TV on Wednesday.

—Alison Spann