Top Democrat: Getting Trump off the ballot wouldn't benefit party

House Budget Committee Chairman John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Kentucky Democrat: McConnell's agenda driven by 'power without a purpose' MORE (D-Ky.) said even though he supports the House impeachment inquiry against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes MORE, removing him from the ballot wouldn't help the Democratic Party in 2020.

“As much as I believe that President Trump should be removed from office and represents an imminent threat to our Democracy and our national security and many other things, politically — it’s probably not a good thing to get rid of him,” Yarmuth told Hill.TV on Monday.

Yarmuth predicted that if Trump was ultimately impeached and removed from office, the GOP would replace him with an even more formidable general election opponent like former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Former Ukraine envoy offers dramatic testimony Nikki Haley: 'We should always protect whistleblowers' Haley: Giuliani should've been named 'special envoy' to Ukraine MORE, who has repeatedly been floated as a potential Republican presidential candidate.

“I don’t think the Republican would nominate [Vice President] Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceWhite House releases rough transcript of early Trump-Ukraine call minutes before impeachment hearing RNC to host winter meetings at Trump's Doral resort Two dead, at least four others hospitalized in Southern California high school shooting MORE. I think they would nominate somebody like Nikki Haley. Somebody who would be very, very tough for a Democrat to beat,” he said.

Yarmuth’s comments come as House Democrats continue to shift their impeachment inquiry into the public light.

Investigators on Monday released two transcripts from closed-door meetings with a pair of former and current State Department officials.

More transcripts from key witnesses are set to be released in the coming days.

—Tess Bonn