Nancy Pelosi Says It's Not Worth Impeaching President Donald Trump


"And he's just not worth it". If the House votes to impeach (by a simple majority), a trial follows before the Senate, presided over by the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

But the Speaker's stance puts her at odds with certain members of her own party who would see the President's imminent downfall.

Some rank-and-file House Democrats, like freshmen liberal Rashida Tlaib, are keen to being impeachment proceedings. And it's a departure from her previous comments that Democrats are waiting on special counsel Robert Mueller to lay out findings from his Russian Federation investigation before considering impeachment.

But they are only rumours, and have been proven wrong before. One of the things that makes an ill-considered gambit to remove Trump "just not worth it", in Pelosi's words, is the opportunity cost.

The article written by CNN Chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta stated that the aides inside the West Wing believe the only plausible issue in the impeachment process is the illegal hush-hush payouts to Trump's mistresses during 2016 presidential campaign.

Fox News host Neil Cavuto and Democratic congressman Al Green on Tuesday argued over what exactly is an impeachable offence.

"By sending this signal that Democrats won't impeach, reasoning goes that will make it more likely that the report will get released publicly".

You may see more on this story in the video player below. Does Pelosi think going forward with impeachment is elective? "It backfired on them badly", Dr Smith said. "You know, it's not about him", she said, before pivoting to the centrist version of her party's platform points: "lower health-care costs, bigger paychecks, cleaner government".

Blocking a conviction for impeachable "high crimes and misdemeanors" requires a mere 34 senators.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI, who took office demanding her fellow Democrats "impeach the [expletive]", and who renewed her push as recently as Friday, dialed back after Mrs. Pelosi's comments, saying she's content with investigations for now.

It shouldn't be forgotten that Mr Trump remains enormously popular with a significant chunk of American voters, despite his historically low approval ratings. That number is even higher among Republicans.

"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.

As the speaker often points out, Democrats won previous year on promises to make progress in three areas: protecting and improving the health-care system, rebuilding the nation's infrastructure and cleaning up government.

"If we hadn't talked about impeachment, God knows what he would have done", Sherman said.

Lastly, Trump also seems to be immune to scandals that would have made other presidencies crumble, and his cultish base shows no signs of not showing up at the polls in full force.

"The way the Democrats won [in 2018] was mainly by talking about healthcare".

"I've taken many hard votes".

Of course, one reason why there is too little to be gained is because the Democrats nearly certainly do not have the necessary votes to convict the president in the Senate.

The House Judiciary Committee last week launched a sweeping new probe into the president, sending document requests to 81 people linked to Mr Trump.

Pelosi and fellow Democratic leaders have remained hesitant to discuss the possibility of impeachment, and under what conditions they would pursue it, since reclaiming a majority in the House in November.