Hoyer: 'Impeachment not worthwhile' after seeing Mueller report

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerCongress hunts for path out of spending stalemate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for public impeachment hearings This week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry MORE (D-Md.) said Thursday that nothing he saw in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSpeier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' Comey: Mueller 'didn't succeed in his mission because there was inadequate transparency' MORE's report would make seeking to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump faces high stakes in meeting with Erdoğan amid impeachment drama Democrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Trump threatening to fire Mulvaney: report 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 PelosiGiuliani pens op-ed slamming 'unprecedented' impeachment inquiry Brindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees Overnight Health Care: Top health official defends contract payments to Trump allies | Vaping advocates confident Trump will turn from flavor ban | Sanders gets endorsement from nurses union 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 NadlerHouse to vote on bill to ensure citizenship for children of overseas service members As impeachment goes public, forget 'conventional wisdom' What this 'impeachment' is really about — and it's not the Constitution 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: Fighting anti-Semitism 'is very personal' Bloomberg run should push Warren to the center — but won't Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez calls for Stephen Miller to resign over leaked emails Ocasio-Cortez meets Sasha Velour following DC performance Sanders 'very concerned about what appears to be a coup' in Bolivia 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. GreenWhy fear should not blind us to the promise of AI: A healthy dose of optimism Trump at rally says impeachment an 'attack on democracy itself' Democrats raise stakes with impeachment vote 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."