Hoyer says impeachment talks are a 'distraction'

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHillicon Valley: Social media faces scrutiny after New Zealand attacks | YouTube removed 'tens of thousands' of shooting videos | DHS chief warns of state-backed cyber threats | House Dems plan April vote on net neutrality House to take up gender pay gap, Violence Against Women Act House Dems plan April vote on net neutrality bill MORE (D-Md.) said Sunday that discussions about impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE are a "distraction," and that Democrats should instead focus on their legislative agenda.

“I think that impeachment talks right now are [a] distraction," Hoyer said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"We’ll have to see what the Mueller report says," he continued. "[Speaker] Nancy [Pelosi] and I have both said that. We have voted that way on the floor."


Hoyer said Democrats want to concentrate on issues like voting rights, campaign finance reform, health care and other topics that propelled the party to the House majority in last year's midterm elections.

Impeachment talks were brought to the forefront last week as Democrats officially took over the majority in the House. On the first day of the new session of Congress, a Democratic lawmaker introduced articles of impeachment against Trump.

Hours after lawmakers were sworn in, freshman Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDems concerned impeachment will make Trump 'appear like a victim,' says pollster Officials dismiss criticism that Trump rhetoric to blame for New Zealand attack Tlaib: Trump needs to send a 'very loud and clear' signal against domestic terrorism, white supremacy MORE (D-Mich.) told the crowd at a progressive event that "we’re gonna go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherf---er," prompting applause from attendees.

The remarks prompted outrage from conservatives, and some Democrats lamented that the remarks were "inappropriate." Others defended Tlaib, noting that Trump had made vulgar remarks during the 2016 campaign and since taking office.

Nearly 60 Democrats voted in December 2017 in favor of launching impeachment proceedings against Trump, however the measure overwhelmingly failed.