Democrats split on Pelosi's dismissal of impeachment


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reiterated her opinion Monday that it would be a mistake to impeach President Donald Trump, arguing that "he's just not worth" the division that would result.

I don't know why Pelosi didn't make those points directly, since there can be no doubt that she's thought about them already.

Together, Pelosi and Schiff's remarks are created to signal to outspoken Democrats in the House that senior lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled House aren't behind any drive to impeach Trump. 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". After Democrats won control of the House in November following eight years out of power, Pelosi fended off an effort by some in her party to replace her, and reclaimed the speakership.

Back in October, Schiff mentioned impeachment directly, though according to the Washington Examiner he walked back his plan to impeach the president in February, around the time rumors began to surface that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was nearing the end of his probe into whether the Trump campaign had actively colluded with Russian officials to impact the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections, and had found little evidence to support Democrats' theories of Russian intervention.

Tamping down impeachment talk also enables Pelosi to keep the spotlight on the Democratic agenda, she told lawmakers in a private meeting Monday night.

The remarks quickly sparked criticism of Pelosi from liberals on social media.

The reaction followed what appeared to be Pelosi's clearest comments yet on her view of Trump's potential impeachment.

Waters recently tweeted that impeachment "is the only answer" for President Trump.

During a segment on Your World WIth Neil Cavuto, the host asked Green to explain why he's still pushing for impeachment when Pelosi has said it would be "a waste of time". "If you desire to stop me, you but only have to change the rules so that I can't bring a vote on impeachment".

Pelosi responded: "Are we talking ethically?"

Hours after her swearing-in ceremony, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) made headlines when she said, "We're gonna go in there and we're gonna impeach the motherf**ker".

'We didn't elect a majority of Democrats to the House to allow Republicans to determine the fate of the country...'

Democrats control the House today because they were able to win previous year in places such as Orange County, Calif.

"Speaker Pelosi thinks 'he's just not worth it?' Well, is defending our legal system 'worth it?' Is holding the president accountable for his crimes and cover-ups 'worth it?' Is doing what's right 'worth it?'" Steyer said. And I always say you're not going to hear me saying anything publicly that I'm not saying here in the office.

He said that it is his "responsibility to prevent an unfit president from staying in office" and that if he only gets his own single vote, he will have done his job in that regard. Preparing impeachment proceedings would be a considerable undertaking for the House; they would need to rest on findings of several committees now investigating Trump for various things, plus Mueller's.

She refused calls when she first held the speaker's gavel, in 2007, to start impeachment proceedings against George W. Bush. "And they know that's hard for them to run against in 2020, and I think they've got a very, very hard uphill battle ahead of them". Trump's entire political persona, moreover, is all about incessant partisan conflict; he will consistently denounce any impeachment effort as a coup d'etat, an effort to overturn a democratic election, and the Republican "base" and the GOP pols who fear that base (all of them) will go to the wall to defend him.