Impeaching President Trump has been a hallmark of the Democratic agenda since he first entered the Oval Office but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently told the Washington Post that she will no longer be pursuing it.
“I’m not for impeachment. This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before,” Pelosi said to The Washington Post. “But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: 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.”
“And he’s just not worth it,” she added.
The House Speaker has toiled with Trump over the longest federal government shutdown earlier this year and is poised to take him on again as a new funding bill is set to reach the floor.
The Daily Caller adds:
Pelosi, who has been a frequent and vocal critic of the president, argued that Trump is not fit to hold the highest office in the land in any capacity.
“No. No. I don’t think he is [fit]. I mean ethically unfit. Intellectually unfit. Curiosity-wise unfit,” she said. “No, I don’t think he’s fit to be president of the United States.”
“That’s up to us to make the contrast to show that this president, while he may be appealing to you on your insecurity and therefore your xenophobia, whether it’s globalization or immigrants, is fighting clean air for your children to breathe, clean water for them to drink, food safety, every good thing that we should be doing that people can’t do for themselves,” Pelosi continued before noting that it is government’s responsibility to control certain aspects of Americans’ health and well-being.
And, from ABC News:
House Democrats downplayed Pelosi’s comments Monday evening, insisting they are not a departure from the caucus’s stated intent to see where the investigations lead before committing to impeachment.
“I think you’re making something bigger than what it is,” House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said. “Everybody knows impeachment has to be a bipartisan thing. I think the speaker sees that.”
House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, who would lead impeachment proceedings in the lower chamber, also said he’s on the same page as Pelosi.
“She’s laid down a number of conditions. She says it has to be bipartisan, the evidence has to be overwhelming, which is what I’ve been saying,” Nadler, D-N.Y., said. “I’ve stated my position. It has to be enough evidence that you think you’ll get substantial support from the opposition voters.”
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“We have no idea what this is going to lead to but we have to go through the investigations,” Congressional Progressive Caucus Pramila Jayapal said via ABC News. “I think everybody wants to jump to the end, but we’re not at the end. We’re at the beginning of the process and we have to let that process play out.”
“I can’t imagine she’d say don’t do your constitutional duty if there was real evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors,” California Democrat Ro Khanna added per the report. “She may say, ‘Well that’s our duty,’ but she’s making clear that should be the bar.”
Pelosi remarked during the interview that it was probably the longest she’s ever spoken about Trump.
“This is coming across too negatively. I don’t usually talk about him this much,” Pelosi said via the Daily Caller. “This is the most I’ve probably talked about him. I hardly ever talk about him. 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.”