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 TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 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.”

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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 MuellerHouse progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna: 'I'm not there yet' on impeachment MORE's report Thursday, House Democrats have been split over whether to consider impeachment proceedings against the president.

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Pelosi faces tipping point on Trump impeachment Trump urges Dem leaders to pass new NAFTA before infrastructure deal MORE (D-Md.) called an impeachment effort "not worthwhile," while others such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez makes endorsement for Queens district attorney Lawmakers call for 'time out' on facial recognition tech Markey releases infrastructure suggestions that align with Green New Deal goals 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.