Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had a tough time explaining how she opposes impeaching the President while also arguing that the impeachment of President Trump is "not off the table."
“It’s [impeachment] not off the table,” Pelosi said to Manu Raju of CNN.
“I don’t think you should impeach for political reasons and I don’t think you should not impeach for political reasons — it’s not about politics. It’s not about Democrats and Republicans — it’s not about partisanship — it’s about patriotism to our country.” Pelosi continued.
President Trump has stepped up his rhetoric against Pelosi in recent weeks considering the speaker has been increasingly promoting the President's impeachment.
On Friday, President Trump slammed Pelosi in a tweet after she stated that she doesn't want to see President Trump impeached because she rather see him in prison.
On Wednesday, Politico reported that “multiple Democratic sources familiar with” a meeting between Pelosi and other party leaders quoted her saying: “I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison.”
The President responded by slamming the House Speaker in a tweet, referring to the speaker of the House as "Nervous Nancy."
"Nervous Nancy Pelosi is a disgrace to herself and her family for having made such a disgusting statement, especially since I was with foreign leaders overseas," the President started. "There is no evidence for such a thing to have been said. Nervous Nancy & Dems are getting Zero work done in Congress and have no intention of doing anything other than going on a fishing expedition to see if they can find anything on me - both illegal & unprecedented in U.S. history. There was no Collusion - Investigate the Investigators! Go to work on Drug Price Reductions & Infrastructure!"
Pelosi has shut down talk of impeachment in the past but her recent rhetoric has seemed to change now that she is receiving growing calls for impeachment from her own party.
Breitbart reported on the current situation surrounding Pelosi and President Trump. Check out what they had to say:
Pelosi reportedly pushed back against pressure from House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who has pressed the speaker to approve the start of impeachment proceedings. According to Politico, Pelosi prefers to take a different approach: defeat Trump in the 2020 presidential election, and then prosecute him and send him to prison. (Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirmed last month in a public statement that a sitting president cannot be indicted.)
Politico said that Pelosi was “expressing solidarity with pro-impeachment Democrats who want to hold the president accountable while disputing the idea that it is now time to take that step. Pelosi has long argued that certain conditions must be met before Democrats begin impeachment — public support and strong bipartisan backing, neither of which have so far materialized.” Only about one in three Americans favor impeaching Trump, according to recent polls.
Throughout the 2018 campaign, Pelosi struggled to tamp down expectations that Democrats would impeach Trump, believing that voters would recoil from impeachment, as they did in the Bill Clinton era. Impeachment was “not a priority,” she said in August 2018.
However, calls of impeachment continue to mount — including from almost every Democratic presidential candidate — despite the fact that Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and that Mueller could not conclude that Trump had obstructed justice.
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