Speaker Pelosi: We Shouldn’t Forego Impeachment if the Evidence is There, ‘But That’s Not Where We Are’
During her weekly press conference, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) left open the possibility for impeachment proceedings if “evidence was there for impeachment,” before quickly adding “But that’s not where we are.”
Speaker Pelosi was asked about the Mueller Report and pivoted to the issue of impeachment. “Some people have been asking for impeachment for awhile” adding “but that doesn’t impact my action.” She then stated her goal of bringing transparency to the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, “so that the American people have the facts and the truth.”
She then reminded the press in the audience of her agenda set when the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives after the midterm elections of last Fall, saying “Transparency, bipartisanship, unity.”
Pelosi has demurred from the question of impeachment in the past, correctly noting that the Congressional process to bring President Donald Trump is a politically divisive process in which she has expressed zero interest in moving forward with unless new evidence were to be brought forth calling for such a proceeding.
This has put her at odds with some members of the Democratic caucus that have aggressively spoken of impeachment. Newly elected Rep. Rashid Tlaib (D-MI) recently introduced a resolution calling for the House Judiciary Committee to investigate whether President Trump committed any offenses that rise to the level of impeachment. Only Rep. Al Green (D-TX) has thus far shown support.
Pelosi concluded this answer in her press conference by reminding what she had said earlier.
“Impeachment is a very divisive issue in our country. We shouldn’t impeach a president because of a political reason, or we shouldn’t NOT impeach a president if the evidence is there for impeachment. But that’s not where we are.”
Watch above via ABC News.
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