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

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

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 

ADVERTISEMENT

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 ClintonTop Democratic pollster advised Biden campaign to pick Warren as VP How Obama just endorsed Trump Trump, Biden signal how ugly the campaign will be 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 FeinsteinGraham announces hearing on police use of force after George Floyd killing Frustration builds in key committee ahead of Graham subpoena vote  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter MORE (D-Calif.), is not the only Democratic figure calling for Trump's impeachment. 

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Miami mayor worries about suicide and domestic violence rise; Trump-governor debate intensifies Overnight Energy: Iconic national parks close over coronavirus concerns | New EPA order limits telework post-pandemic | Lawmakers urge help for oil and gas workers Bipartisan lawmakers urge assistance for oil and gas workers 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.