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.

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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