GOP rep predicts impeaching Trump would hurt Democrats in 2020

Rep. Bradley ByrneBradley Roberts ByrneTrump's Slovenia Ambassador Lynda Blanchard jumps into Alabama Senate race Mo Brooks expresses interest in running for Shelby's Senate seat Ex-Rep. Mike Conaway, former aide launch lobbying firm MORE (R-Ala.) predicted on Tuesday that Democratic candidates would be hurt in 2020 if House Democrats impeach President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report 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 PelosiGOP senator knocks Biden for 'spreading things that are untrue' in voting rights speech Sen. Ron Johnson: Straight from the horse's mouth Clyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' 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