House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told The Washington Post she is not planning on launching impeachment proceedings against President Trump, saying, "He's just not worth it", and that impeachment is too divisive.
"I think that's part of the play", Darling said, "it's a good cop/bad cop strategy by the leadership of the House, where the good cop is Pelosi trying to sound like a moderate, while she allows the chairmen of different committees to investigate the Trump administration and to basically move forward with the impeachment 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. Pelosi said that if Democrats had tried to impeach Bush when she was Speaker, voters may never have elected Barack Obama as president in 2008. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., who filed articles of impeachment against Trump on the first day of the new Congress in January, acknowledged that there is not yet public support for impeachment, but noted that Pelosi "didn't say 'I am against it if the public is clamouring for it"'.
"If you think impeaching Bill Clinton was a bad idea, which I think most Democrats do, then you now have to think impeaching Trump is a bad idea", Burstein said, unless something that is clearly an impeachable offense is uncovered.
And with the Senate in Republican control, Trump's ouster would be far from assured.
Sherman said that the multiple Democratic investigations of Trump might be a substitute for impeachment, "it's also possible it will be a prelude".
"I don't think it's something we decide whether or not it's "worth it", Ms Jayapal said.
CNN conducted a poll that showed many Democrats are not in favor of impeachment. But she made clear how poorly she thought of him. Pelosi is effectively indicating that the presence of impeachable offenses is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for launching an impeachment. "We are not governing with a focus on impeachment", he said. 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. "I thought it was absolutely brilliant", Cummings said. As history has shown us with Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, the Senate is needed for the conviction, and with the partisan breakdown as it stands now, Trump would join these other two presidents in avoiding the ultimate axe.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Monday said she was "not aware" of specifics of the $35,000 check Trump wrote in December 2017 to longtime lawyer Michael Cohen. She says she's against impeachment.
Both Pelosi and Schiff have questioned the utility of impeachment proceedings for some time, but while Pelosi, the more experienced campaign professional, has often said she is not interested in impeaching the president - likely because the process would inflame the president's base shortly before the 2020 presidential election - Schiff has largely maintained that impeachment should remain on the table, even if actually removing the president from office is unlikely.
Green does not have a timetable for when the next impeachment vote would take place.
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), who was among those who voted alongside Green past year, called the congressman's push "premature" and said he didn't know if he could vote with him again for impeachment. Ocasio-Cortez admitted Tuesday she disagrees with Pelosi on the impeachment issue, according to Fox.
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