Former Senate Dem leader: 'No way' impeachment trial for Trump would lead to conviction

Former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle on Wednesday cast doubt on whether an impeachment trial would bring a conviction against 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.

Daschle told Hill.TV that while House Democrats have a responsibility to conduct oversight over the White House, he thinks there is "absolutely no way a trial on impeachment would bring about a conviction.”

Daschle, who currently sits on the board of directors at the Center for American Progress, urged lawmakers to "hold off" on launching impeachment proceedings.

“I think it’s really important to play the role of oversight — to do everything responsible around that role,” he said. “But we’ve got to hold off on impeachment.”

Daschle praised 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.) and her leadership as she faces growing pressure from progressive Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry against Trump.

“Nancy Pelosi has got it about right,” he told Hill.TV. “She says it ought to be out on the table but she’s opposed to taking any steps towards impeachment at this point.”

The former South Dakota senator played a key role during former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonPoll finds Biden with narrow lead over Trump in Missouri Trump's mark on federal courts could last decades Obama, Clinton join virtual celebration for Negro Leagues MORE’s impeachment, serving as Senate manager during the trial. Clinton was impeached by the House in wake of his affair with a 22-year old White House intern, but was acquitted by the Senate two months later.

“We are still experience to this day the divisiveness and the dysfunction that came out of that experience,” Daschle told Hill.TV. “It was an incredibly difficult and polarizing moment for the country.”

Daschle’s comments come after the House granted new legal powers to a key committee investigating the Trump administration.

The House approved a resolution allowing House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler wins Democratic primary Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Clyburn threatens to end in-person coronavirus committee hearings if Republicans won't wear masks MORE (D-N.Y.) to enforce congressional subpoenas for Attorney General William BarrBill BarrDemocrat asks Barr to preserve any records tied to environmental hacking probe Justice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report Ousted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week MORE and former White House counsel Don McGahn. This comes just a day after Nadler reached a deal with the Department of Justice that allows lawmakers to review key underlying evidence from special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's report, staving off a legal court battle for the time being.

—Tess Bonn