Nancy Pelosi: 'I'm not for impeachment'

Minnie Murray
March 13, 2019

Congress should wait until special prosecutor Robert Mueller finishes his report, Langevin says, but "impeachment is not something I believe should be on our radar right now".

It is "so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't we should go down that path", Pelosi herself said. While Mueller's report and investigations in Congress and by NY prosecutors could change the dynamic, for now, "Pelosi's right - he's not worth it, just in terms of obsessing over him".

But she had been cautious in the past about impeaching him.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was well aware she was going to create a sensation when she made a pronouncement to my colleague Joe Heim during an interview last week. About 48% of adults in the US said Trump should be impeached, while 40% opposed it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll published March 8. This time around, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy won't be around to block it. Pelosi would have to organize at least some Democrats to table it, even while dozens of the caucus continue to support Green's attempts to start impeachment proceedings.

However, Pelosi also accused the president of "disregarding the Constitution of the United States [and] disregarding our commitments to the world in terms of our commitment to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, to Paris climate, to our values".

Her comments come one week after the House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over impeachment proceedings, issued document requests to more than 80 people affiliated with the Trump administration, campaign and businesses.

Do the voters who elected them want them to finesse impeachment?

Decisions to make’ Special counsel Robert Mueller
Decisions to make’ Special counsel Robert Mueller

Most House Democrats agree that they should give the chairmen of investigative committees the space to conduct their probes before engaging in serious impeachment discussions.

"At least two wild cards remain: federal prosecutors in NY who are scrutinizing Mr. Trump's business and inaugural committee, and Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel who is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation and whether the president obstructed justice". Pelosi has long called such a move premature. "Are we talking ethically?" Yet there is an undeniable political and mathematical reality in 2019 that was left unspoken by Pelosi but certainly factored into her thinking. Do Democrats in Congress really think it will be better for them politically not to impeach if they think the case for Trump's guilt is strong?

Neil Sroka of the liberal advocacy group Democracy for America said Pelosi's comments were "a little like an oncologist taking chemotherapy off the table before she's even got your test results back".

- Ed Rogers is a contributor to Post Opinions, a political consultant and a veteran of the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush White Houses and several national campaigns.

The recently-recrowned Speaker may be hedging her bets against any disappointments in the coming Mueller report, which mainstream media claims is due to drop any day now, but which that same mainstream media is cautioning against expecting too much from.

Green said, "The president is imposing bigotry in policy on the country".

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