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 TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' 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 MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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 House Democrats who voted to kill impeachment effort Overnight Defense: House votes to block Trump arms sales to Saudis, setting up likely veto | US officially kicks Turkey out of F-35 program | Pentagon sending 2,100 more troops to border House votes to block Trump's Saudi arms sale MORE (D-Md.) called an impeachment effort "not worthwhile," while others such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMichelle Obama weighs in on Trump, 'Squad' feud: 'Not my America or your America. It's our America' Trump steps up attacks on 'Squad' Trump says he doesn't care if attacks on 'Squad' hurt him politically 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.