A top Democrat disagrees with Pelosi, says impeachment proceedings 'inevitable'

Donald Trump with First Lady Melania and son Barron at the White House

Donald Trump with First Lady Melania and son Barron at the White House

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday that she's against impeaching President Trump "unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan".

"Later on this month, I will be joining folks and advocates across the country to file the impeachment resolution to start the impeachment proceedings", Tlaib said at a press conference Wednesday.

Democrats face growing pressure from the left for impeachment, including a multimillion-dollar ad campaign from liberal billionaire Tom Steyer to build support for action against Trump. 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.

In an exclusive interview with the Washington Post's Joe Heim, Pelosi said Trump is "just not worth it".

Trump and his associates face multiple investigations, including one headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that is looking into Russian influence on the 2016 USA election and potential collusion between Trump's team and Moscow. But she's shrewd enough to realize that impeachment is a big play and one that could backfire on Democrats. "No, I don't think he's fit to be president of the United States".

It wasn't Ms Pelosi's first comment on impeaching Mr Trump, but it was her most direct comment.

And without being overly naive or abstract, Pelosi should consider what her decision to write a blank check to the GOP on impeachable offenses means for the country.

While acknowledging that she found Trump "ethically unfit". But it reflects a strong likelihood that regardless of what the Mueller report says, the public will not be broadly on board with impeaching Trump.

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

Others remain concerned that for now, an effort to oust Trump before the election might backfire, energizing an angry Republican base and antagonizing voters Democrats would need in the next election.

It was Pelosi's most direct comment yet on Trump's possible impeachment, a topic she has dealt with cautiously as it carries the potential to sharply split Democrats and the public ahead of next year's White House and congressional elections.

Still, Pelosi's comments could stoke a stubborn tension with those who believe impeachment proceedings should have begun on Day One of the new Congress. Steyer has also vowed to target the chairmen of House panels investigating the president to ensure they do their job, as his organization has said.

The claim that "he's just not worth it" is particularly freaky - impeachment is the ultimate sign that someone isn't worthy of the powers of the presidency.

"There was no question that was that was disgusting for the country".

It's also weird because she later says: "All the challenges we have faced, we can withstand anything".

"She is lowering expectations about the prospect of impeachment and reminding people of the gravity of that move and the impact it would have politically in dividing the country, ' Rep. Gerry Connelly of Virginia told CNN".

"So enacting impeachment in the House would be a purely symbolic gesture."

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