House Dem dismisses impeachment push: 'I'd rather defeat' Trump at ballot box

House Dem dismisses impeachment push: 'I'd rather defeat' Trump at ballot box

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) on Saturday dismissed calls by some on the left to impeach President TrumpDonald John TrumpAlaska Republican Party cancels 2020 primary Ukrainian official denies Trump pressured president Trump goes after New York Times, Washington Post: 'They have gone totally CRAZY!!!!' MORE following the publication of the Mueller report, saying he would rather defeat Trump at the ballot box in 2020.

“The American public made a choice, albeit a bad choice, from my perspective,” Cleavers said during an appearance on MSNBC. “I’d rather defeat Donald Trump.”


Cleaver added that efforts to impeach Trump would exacerbate the country's divides and that Democrats should instead focus on the election.

“We’re already a badly divided nation. The impeachment effort is going to only divide us further,” he said. “Let’s go to the American public and tell them, 'You have an opportunity reelect a kleptocrat or a Democrat,' and I think the majority of the American public will go for a Democrat.”

Since the Justice Department released a redacted version of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE's report Thursday, House Democrats have been split over whether to consider impeachment proceedings against the president.

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerDC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Democrat accuses GOP of opposing DC statehood because of 'race and partisanship' News outlets choose their darlings, ignore others' voices MORE (D-Md.) called an impeachment effort "not worthwhile," while others such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez reveals new policies for campaign aides with children Kennedy launches primary challenge against Markey The Memo: 'Whistleblower' furor gains steam MORE (D-N.Y.) have pushed to at least investigate the possibility of impeachment.

Mueller's report said that the Trump campaign did not conspire with Russia during the 2016 election. On the question of whether Trump obstructed justice by interfering with the probe itself, Mueller said his report neither implicated nor exonerated Trump but said Congress has the authority to conduct obstruction probes.