On Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appeared on CNN’s State of the Union and told host Jake Tapper that impeachment is "not someplace I think we should go."
Here’s the exchange:
TAPPER: Democratic mega-donor Tom Steyer recently launched a $10 Million ad campaign calling for the impeachment of President Trump. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham says that if you and the Democrats take the House back in 2018, the first thing you will do is impeach President Trump. Is that true?
PELOSI: No. I believe that whatever we do, we have a responsibility, first and foremost, to unify the nation. Second of all, you can’t go down any path without the facts and the law. If that’s there, perhaps it will come out in these investigations.
The left of our party is still annoyed with me for not impeaching President Bush for going into Iraq. What could be worse than that? But the fact is that we’ve gotta really be saying what this election means to people in their lives. [If] somebody has some facts that come forth about President Trump, let the chips fall where they may — but it’s not some place that I think we should go.
TAPPER: Not a priority for you?
PELOSI: No, and again, I don’t want to dampen anyone’s enthusiasm for what they believe because a lot of people in our country think that [the] president should be impeached, but that’s not a decision — that’s not what our election is about. Our election is about meeting the needs of the American people, stopping this tax bill right now, which is an insult to the intelligence of the American people, an assault on their financial security. That’s what we should be talking about.
Likely knowing that many Americans are suffering from Trump-hatred fatigue, Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) have come forward recently to pivot away from the impeachment narrative promulgated by their more left-leaning colleagues like Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).
It’s a wise tactic if they want to win seats in 2018.