On Monday afternoon, The Washington Post magazine published an interview with Speaker Pelosi where she said "I'm not for impeachment", and suddenly there was an explosion that registered 9.6 on the outrage Richter scale. Now, she has made clear her opposition to it. "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", the speaker told The Washington Post.
In fairness to Pelosi, her comments don't entirely preclude impeachment later, provided that "compelling and overwhelming" new information arouses "bipartisan" alarm.
But when asked about the continuing Trump investigations of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerome Nadler (D-N.Y.) and House Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Darling said Pelosi is pursuing a two-track strategy.
"If we hadn't talked about impeachment, God knows what he would have done", Sherman said. That's been a heavier lift thanks to more vocally pro-impeachment voices among some of the freshman Democrats elected last November (Rashida Tlaib's much-publicized f-bombed-adorned call for impeachment on the day she was sworn in was but the most colorful indication of a new mood), and fresh evidence of impeachable offenses by Trump coming from various sources (including Michael Cohen).
"He's just not worth it", she added.
Today, most Americans - 54 percent, according to a Monmouth University poll - do not support impeachment.
"It makes sense. I think it's one of the few smart things Democrats have done this year", Republican strategist Brian Darling told The Epoch Times. Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland criticized Pelosi's suggestion that Trump is not "worth" impeaching: "The question is whether the republic is worth it". White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said "I agree" in response to Pelosi's words.
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"That doesn't mean we are voting on it, it means we are beginning the process to look at some of these alleged claims", Tlaib said.
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. With the current composition of the Senate, it's very hard to imagine a successful vote to remove him from office.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), who was among those who voted alongside Green previous year, called the congressman's push "premature" and said he didn't know if he could vote with him again for impeachment. It seems inevitable to me that she'll be represented - and not unfairly - as having flip-flopped under pressure from the "radical left" if impeachment proceedings begin, and having blocked impeachment proceedings if they don't.
Democratic leadership could then move to table the resolution, as Republicans did the two times Green took such action last Congress.
"The Constitution gives us the authority and the responsibility to decide whether a president is acting in the best interest of his country". Mr. Cavuto, we live to exercise liberty and justice for all.
Freshman Representative Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat of MI, said that, regardless of Pelosi's statements, she is drafting an impeachment resolution that she plans to file in the coming weeks.
Pelosi told NBC on Monday that she's "always been opposed" to impeachment.