Hoyer: 'Impeachment not worthwhile' after seeing Mueller report

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules House revives agenda after impeachment storm House poised to hand impeachment articles to Senate MORE (D-Md.) said Thursday that nothing he saw in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's report would make seeking to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE a "worthwhile" effort "at this point."

Hoyer made the remarks to CNN’s Dana Bash following the Justice Department's release of Mueller’s partially redacted findings in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

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“Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point,” Hoyer told CNN. “Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgement.”

According to the report, the special counsel did not establish that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election. Also, he declined to reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice in the investigation, though Mueller lists 10 "episodes" that his team investigated for possible obstruction. 

In recent months, House Democratic leadership has avoided calls to impeach Trump. House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Social Security emerges as flash point in Biden-Sanders fight | Dems urge Supreme Court to save consumer agency | Trump to sign USMCA next week Veronica Escobar to give Spanish-language response to Trump State of the Union address MORE (D-Calif.) said recently that impeaching the president is “not worth” the political divisiveness it would bring to the country.

"Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country,” Pelosi said in March.

Before the report's release, Pelosi repeatedly argued that Congress should wait to see Mueller’s findings before discussing impeachment. In a press conference responding to the findings Thursday afternoon, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler calls Trump a 'dictator' on Senate floor Poll: Majority think Senate should call witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Susan Collins asked Justice Roberts to intervene after Nadler late-night 'cover-up' accusation MORE (D-N.Y.) said impeachment remained “one possibility” but said it was “too early to reach those conclusions."

Rank-and-file House Democrats have had more mixed opinions on the prospect of impeachment. Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Democrats press Trump administration to stop DNA collection from detained migrants Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive MORE (D-Mich.) made headlines earlier this year when she said the incoming Congress would “impeach the motherf---er,” referring to Trump, but Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezImpeachment throws curveball in Iowa to sidelined senators Sanders says it's 'disappointing' he's not on campaign trail in Iowa The Hill's Campaign Report: Ten days to Iowa MORE (D-N.Y.), another of several progressive freshmen members, was cooler on the idea of impeachment, noting the difficulty of getting the votes to convict with a Republican majority in the Senate.

Rep. Al GreenAlexander (Al) N. GreenThe Memo: Will Iran crisis sideline impeachment process? Green says House shouldn't hold impeachment articles indefinitely GOP set to make life difficult for Democrats on impeachment MORE (D-Texas), who has unsuccessfully introduced articles of impeachment against Trump a number of times, has said that his calls for removing Trump from office have nothing to do with the Mueller report, but instead are related to some of the president's statements that Green has said amount to "bigotry."