Two veteran House Democratic lawmakers said they were caught off guard when House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) declared that impeachment should not be in the cards. “Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point,” the House’s number two Democrat told CNN. “Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgment.”

The majority leader would later walk back his comment. But his initial missive sparked eye rolls on the Hill, where a senior House Democratic aide told The Daily Beast that the majority leader was “clearly off-message.”…

Obtaining additional information from the special counsel could take months or even years if tied up in the legal system. Nadler has promised to begin the process shortly by issuing a subpoena for the redacted portions of Mueller’s report. But Democratic lawmakers realize that the clock is ticking. Lieu said they should decide by the end of the year if they are going to pursue impeachment or not.