Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pelosi: 'Not worth it' to impeach Trump

Pelosi: 'Not worth it' to impeach Trump

No effort should be made to impeach President Donald Trump unless the reasons are overwhelming and bipartisan, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says in a Washington Post interview. Which is exactly the point - there isn't.

House Democrats are aggressively investigating President Trump, his family, and others associated with him, in addition to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign.

On that second criteria, Pelosi appears to be putting the decision of a GOP Senate majority that has so far refused to condemn Trump on policy matters such as his emergency declaration for a border wall, or on personal matters like his payments to lawyer Michael Cohen and hush agreement with porn star Stormy Daniels.

"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", she continued.

This, when last week's pathetic failure to confront Rep. Ilhan Omar's anti-Semitism already exposed them as in thrall to extremists.

A House Democrat close with leadership put it bluntly: "The voters don't want to talk about impeachment right now".

"They much prefer to actually focus on winning the next election rather than going for a process which would be seen by a large section of the population as actually an assault on democracy". "I haven't said this to any press person before. So let's see what that is", Pelosi told reporters in her weekly news conference February 28, the day after the Cohen hearing.

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Pelosi has long resisted calls to impeach the president, saying it's a divisive issue that should only be broached with "great care".

Pelosi told NBC on Monday that she's "always been opposed" to impeachment. Most Democrats favored impeachment, while most Republicans did not. We have a very serious challenge to the Constitution of the United States in the president's unconstitutional assault on the Constitution, on the first branch of government, the legislative branch.

The House Judiciary Committee, which would lead an impeachment inquiry, recently launched a broad probe of corruption, abuse of power and obstruction of justice allegations against Mr Trump that could amount to impeachable offenses. Our founders gave us the strongest foundation.

Pelosi is not alone in hesitating on impeachment. That answer was not immediately clear Monday as the interview published, but one thing was: Like the Omar controversy dominated the congressional news cycle last week, Pelosi's opposition to impeachment will dominate this week's headlines.

Later in the interview, Pelosi struggled to define her relationship with Trump. Green moved in December 2017 to force the House to consider impeachment articles; the effort was killed on a 364-58 vote. "If this is not a case for impeaching and removing a unsafe president, then what has our government become?"

"We're getting into a situation when our friends and allies around the world that we depend upon are going to lack confidence in us", he said, adding: "I worry that the bottom line of that kind of an approach is we have an administration that looks a lot more like Barack Obama than Ronald Reagan".

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