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 ClintonBudowsky: 3 big dangers for Democrats The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Another VPOTUS tries for POTUS: What does history tell us? 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 FeinsteinFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk Feinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report MORE (D-Calif.), is not the only Democratic figure calling for Trump's impeachment. 

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenSteyer plans impeachment push targeting Democrats over recess WHIP LIST: Democrats who support an impeachment inquiry against President Trump Dem clamor for impeachment swells as McGahn refuses testimony 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.