Trump: 'I think I win the election easier' if Democrats launch impeachment proceedings

President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE said Friday he believes he will have an easier path to re-election if House Democrats go forward with impeachment proceedings.

Trump was asked during an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" if he thinks impeachment is "good politics" for him.

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"I think I win the election easier," Trump said, referring to 2020. "But, you know, I'm not sure that I like having it."

The president added that he believes Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrat pushes for censuring Trump in closed-door meeting Trump: I don't have a racist bone in my body Ocasio-Cortez responds to fresh criticism from Trump MORE (D-Calif.) has held off on calls for impeachment from within her caucus because "she feels that I will win much easier."

Trump asserted that he "did nothing wrong" and that he was the victim of illegal activity. He reiterated his longstanding allegation that his campaign was "spied on," which is the subject of an ongoing investigation by Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet House poised to hold Barr, Ross in contempt Harris campaign accepts money from partners of law firm she criticized over Epstein case MORE.

Calls for impeachment have intensified after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's report and subsequent public statement in which he said he did not establish a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia, and neither exonerated nor implicated the president on obstruction of justice.

On the latter charge, Mueller said it was up to Congress to look further into the matter.

As of Friday, there are 73 Democrats and one Republican who support launching an impeachment inquiry. The group is made up of lawmakers in swing districts, safe Democratic seats, first-term representatives and long-serving members of the caucus.

Pelosi and other Democratic leaders have largely avoided calling for impeachment hearings, arguing that the House should conduct its oversight investigations and see where the facts lead. Pelosi has also said there should be bipartisan support for impeachment.

Support for impeachment among voters has grown in recent months, but is still less than enthusiastic according to some polls.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday found that 27 percent of Americans believe there is enough evidence to begin impeachment hearings for Trump now, up 10 percentage points from last month.