House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in an interview published on Monday that it would be a mistake to impeach President Donald Trump because the move would be too “divisive” and was “just not worth it.”
“I’m not for impeachment,” Pelosi told The Washington Post. “This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: 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. And he’s just not worth it.”
Pelosi later added: “I don’t think he’s fit to be president of the United States.”
Pelosi’s comments contrast to the far-left wing of the Democratic Party — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) — who have called for his impeachment.
Speaking to the far-left group MoveOn hours after being sworn into office, Tlaib yelled: “we’re gonna go in there and we’re going to impeach the motherf****r.”
Omar and Tlaib later signed a pledge in February to impeach the president.
Last June, Ocasio-Cortez said: “I would support impeachment. I think that, you know, we have the grounds to do it.”
Any move to impeach the president would most likely be met with strong opposition as the president’s approval rating hovers around 50%, according to Rasmussen Reports.
Trump has also rock-solid support from the Republican base, as The Hill reported late last year: “More GOP voters associate with President Trump than they do with the Republican Party itself, underscoring the degree to which Trump has taken over the GOP brand, according to a new poll.”
Another factor looming in the decision will be the outcome of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, which could conclude in the near future.
Reuters reported: “The big question is whether Mueller will present evidence of criminal conduct by the president himself. Such findings could prompt the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives to begin the impeachment process laid out in the Constitution for removing a president from office for ‘treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.'”
While Mueller’s investigation has resulted in charges being brought against multiple people, the charges are for things not related to actions taken by the Trump campaign.
On Sunday, ABC News’ Terry Moran noted that if Mueller’s report shows no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia that there will be a reckoning.
“The most central and most serious question in this investigation, the reason Robert Mueller started it is, did the current president of the United States assist the Kremlin in an attack on our democracy?” Moran said. “And if Mueller, after two years, comes back and says, ‘I don’t have the evidence to support that charge,’ that’s a reckoning. That’s a reckoning for progressives and Democrats who hoped that Mueller would essentially erase the 2016 election. It’s a reckoning for the media. It’s a reckoning around the country if, in fact, after all this time there was no collusion.”