GOP rep predicts impeaching Trump would hurt Democrats in 2020

Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneHouse panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief says he opposes invoking Insurrection Act for protests | White House dodges on Trump's confidence in Esper | 'Angry and appalled' Mattis scorches Trump Republicans stand by Esper after public break with Trump MORE (R-Ala.) predicted on Tuesday that Democratic candidates would be hurt in 2020 if House Democrats impeach President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE

"Go back to the last time something like this happened, and that was when Republicans were in control of the House and President Clinton was the president," Byrne, who is challenging Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) in 2020, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Jamal Simmons on "Rising."

"Republicans went after President Clinton, actually did have impeachment against him, sent it over to the Senate," he continued.

"It hurt the Republicans in the elections. I'm going to tell you right now: If the Democrats keep going with this, it's going to hurt them in the elections in 2020," he said. 

"The Speaker knows that. The majority leader knows that," he added. "That's why they're pushing back so fiercely against the effort to do this. But it looks to me like there's enough people inside the Democratic conference in the House who are demanding this, and I don't know that they can restrain them." 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? Military bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation Pelosi: Trump 'himself is a hoax' MORE (D-Calif.) has urged members of her caucus to proceed with caution on impeachment, warning that it could politically backfire on Democrats. 

However, numerous Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates have gotten behind the idea after special counsel Robert Mueller said last week that charging Trump with a crime was "not an option" for the Department of Justice, effectively punting the issue to Congress. 

— Julia Manchester