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Pelosi called Dem mega-donor's 'Impeach Trump' campaign a 'distraction': report

Pelosi called Dem mega-donor's 'Impeach Trump' campaign a 'distraction': report
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) expressed concern about billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer's ad campaign calling for President Trump's impeachment, according to a report from Politico.

Pelosi publicly called the ad "great" during an appearance on MSNBC. But in private, she reportedly told lawmakers at a Democratic leadership meeting the ad was a "distraction" and had reached out to Steyer to express her displeasure 

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A source close to Steyer said the two have not spoken since the ad's launch.

The Hill has reached out to Pelosi's office for comment. 

The report comes after Steyer in October launched a $10-million national ad campaign calling for Trump's impeachment.

In the ad, Steyer criticizes Trump's actions on health care, immigration and the environment, and says a Republican Congress impeached Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonCybersecurity for national defense: How many 'wake-up calls' does it take? Who's in control alters our opinion of how things are Obama adviser jabs Hillary Clinton over Monica Lewinsky comments MORE for less.

Trump in turn ripped Steyer in a tweet last week, calling him "wacky" and "totally unhinged."

Steyer, who has been seen as a potential primary challenger to Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinAmerican Bar Association dropping Kavanaugh review Juan Williams: Trump, the Great Destroyer Top Judiciary Dems call for unredacted 'zero tolerance' memo MORE (D-Calif.), is not the only Democratic figure calling for Trump's impeachment. 

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenDem strategist says Trump should not be impeached Cummings throws cold water on impeaching Trump Dem lawmaker: Trump impeachment talks 'premature' right now MORE (D-Texas), who has long talked about pursuing impeachment against the president, unveiled articles of impeachment early last month. 

However, when the GOP presiding officer moved to begin the process to consider the resolution within the hour, Green did not show up. The resolution was therefore not offered and is not getting an imminent vote.

Pelosi has called for a different approach to dealing with the president, telling Democrats to focus on policy and on regaining the majority in 2018. 

This story was updated at 3:42 p.m.