House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed for the first time Monday that she opposes the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
“There have been increasing calls, including from some of your members, for impeachment of the president,” noted Washington Post reporter Joe Heim.
“I’m not for impeachment,” the California Democrat responded. “This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before.”
“Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country,” she continued. “And he’s just not worth it.”
Pelosi insisted later in the interview that it is her view Trump is “ethically” and “intellectually” unfit to be president, but she doesn’t believe that ought to be her focus.
“I don’t usually talk about him this much. This is the most I’ve probably talked about him. I hardly ever talk about him,” she said. “You know, it’s not about him. It’s about what we can do for the people to lower health-care costs, bigger paychecks, cleaner government.”
Pelosi was previously critical of calls for impeachment without overtly opposing the idea, saying billionaire Tom Steyer’s media blitz during the 2018 midterm elections was “a gift to the Republicans.” Pelosi was also among the top Democrats who were critical in January of Rep. Rashida Tlaib’s call to “impeach the motherf***er.”
“That is not the position of the House Democratic Caucus…” she said at an MSNBC town hall. “I do think that we want to be unified and bring people together. Impeachment is a very divisive approach to take and we shouldn’t take it … without the facts.”
While she has made similar comments before, Pelosi is making clear to her caucus and to voters that Democrats will not move forward quickly with trying to remove Trump from office. And it’s a departure from her previous comments that Democrats are waiting on special counsel Robert Mueller to lay out findings from his Russia investigation before considering impeachment, as was reported by the AP.
That thinking among Democrats has shifted, slightly, in part because of the possibility that Mueller’s report will not be decisive and because his investigation is more narrowly focused. Instead, House Democrats are pursuing their own broad, high-profile investigations that will keep the focus on Trump’s business dealings and relationship with Russia, exerting congressional oversight without having to broach the I-word.
Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, one of the lawmakers leading those investigations, said he agrees with Pelosi and Congress needs “to do our homework.” He said impeachment “has to be a bipartisan effort, and right now it’s not there.”
“I get the impression this matter will only be resolved at the polls,” Cummings said.
(Washington Free Beacon)
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