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 TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated 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 PelosiObjections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated Latest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' 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 ClintonThe magic of majority rule in elections The return of Ken Starr Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress 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 NadlerGOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death French officials call for investigation of Epstein 'links with France' MORE (D-N.Y.) to enforce congressional subpoenas for Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrAttorney General Barr's license to kill Medical examiner confirms Epstein death by suicide Justice Dept. says Mueller report has been downloaded 800 million times 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) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE's report, staving off a legal court battle for the time being.

—Tess Bonn