Pelosi says Trump 'just not worth' impeaching

13 March, 2019, 23:59 | Author: Wade Massey
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Democrats are largely lining up behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her wait-and-see strategy on any impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Otherwise, she said, "I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country".

In aninterview with the Washington Post published Monday, Pelosi said, "I'm not for impeachment".

Billionaire Tom Steyer, who's been running TV ads calling for Trump to be impeached, blasted Pelosi for her comments.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI, who took office demanding her fellow Democrats "impeach the [expletive]", and who renewed her push as recently as Friday, dialed back after Mrs. Pelosi's comments, saying she's content with investigations for now.

Is holding the President accountable "worth it?"

Speaking to Fox News, Ms Sanders said she was "glad Ms Pelosi sees what the rest of us see, that there's no reason, no cause for impeachment".

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., a member of the House Judiciary Committee and a leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said Pelosi's comments are "probably a reaction to everybody wanting to go to the end of an investigation when we haven't started".

Pelosi's comments mark the first time the House Speaker has come down hard against impeachment.

"No, I don't think he's fit to be president of the United States", she said. Instead, House Democrats are pursuing their own broad, high-profile investigations that will keep the focus on Trump's business dealings and relationship with Russian Federation, exerting congressional oversight without having to broach the I-word.

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By declaring Trump essentially unimpeachable, the House speaker gives future presidents the impunity to act as these choose, virtually without outcome.

Cavuto brought up Bill Clinton's impeachment and asked if Green agreed with that move.

Pelosi stressed to the Post that while she does not believe the country should impeach the president, Trump is still "ethically", "intellectually" and "curiosity-wise" unfit for the presidency.

Warren similarly said that "today, immediately, the FAA needs to get these planes out of the sky", per Politico, also suggesting Congress should investigate whether "an administration that famously refused to stand up to Saudi Arabia to protect Boeing arms sales has once again put lives at risk for the same reason".

But Pelosi was quick to state that she wouldn't fixate on the possibility of impeachment proceedings.

"He's just not worth it", she added.

If a second Trump term is so unsafe - something Pelosi literally believes the country might not be able to withstand - isn't allowing him to stay in office another two years similarly perilous?

"Nobody wants to see President Trump impeached, other than Democrats in Congress who are failing, who have no other message, and that's because our country is doing better", she said. Others aren't giving up their push to impeach him.

"I took an oath to the constitution, not to the Democratic Party", said Rep Gerald Connolly, a senior member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. "But if it's going to be a political disaster for us, then we're not going to do it". When Democrats made a comeback last November by winning back the suburban districts that had abandoned Democrats after the passage of ObamaCare, Pelosi won an internecine fight within the caucus to retain her iron grip on the gavel. She could say instead that many of Trump's actions are indeed impeachable, but that actual process isn't feasible right now.

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