House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's assertion that impeaching President Trump would not be worth the ensuing political firestorm has exposed a long-simmering rift in the Democratic Party, upsetting some liberals and triggering a debate about the threshold to try to remove Trump.
Tlaib caused controversy in December when she said Democrats were going to "impeach the motherf***er". "It's important that there is a transparent process".
Tamping down impeachment talk also enables Pelosi to keep the spotlight on the Democratic agenda, she told lawmakers in a private meeting Monday night.
"He's just not worth it".
It may well be that Republican Senators will stand united in saying we should condone all those things, plus the racism and the incompetence and everything else Trump is known for. Al Green responded with a message of his own: another impeachment vote is coming to the House floor anyway.
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.
Pelosi, who just had her hat handed to her by freshmen Democrats during the Ilhan Omar condemnation debacle, still managed to make some comments to throw a bone to the radicals, calling the president "ethically", "intellectually", and "curiosity-wise unfit". Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of NY noted that she doesn't read Pelosi's comments as "designed to shut down the conversation", adding that this would have to be "aired out" among Democrats.
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Last year, heading into the midterm elections, Pelosi discouraged candidates from talking up impeachment, preferring to stick to the kitchen table issues that she believes most resonate with voters.
In an interview with The Washington Post magazine, Pelosi said that "unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan", pursuing impeachment would only serve to further divide an already politically fractured nation.
"If we wait on Republicans, who are not going to buy in, then there won't be an impeachment", he said.
"I don't think it's something we decide whether or not it's 'worth it, '" Jayapal said Monday night. "I believe we have everything needed to basically impeach Trump", Waters recently stated on MSNBC.
By laying down a marker against impeachment, Pelosi leaves herself the option of joining or boosting the effort at some point down the line, while avoiding having to walk back a statement should Mueller come up short. This is news. I'm going to give you some news right now because I haven't said this to any press person before, ' Pelosi told the paper.
First, there is no need for Pelosi to declare that she's not for impeachment in the present, when it would be a lot more salutary to say this is simply premature, and that in the end, the right course of action will be determined by the facts, and leave it at that.
The speaker's remarks angered the left, itself a development that cheered the Trump campaign and Republicans eager to cast Democrats as a party divided between its progressive wing and moderate, or establishment, camp. Like the other Democratic leaders who have refused to back impeachment, she remembers the acrimonious battles over the impeachment of Bill Clinton, which she called "horrible for the country".