Pelosi comes out against impeaching Trump: 'He's just not worth it'

Pelosi I'm not for impeachment of Trump

Pelosi I'm not for impeachment of Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reiterated her opinion Monday that it would be a mistake to impeach President Donald Trump, arguing that "he's just not worth" the division that would result.

Pelosi's argument can be rebutted in various ways, but Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., put it best, telling CNN that "the Constitution calls for impeachment in cases of bribery, treason and other high crimes and misdemeanors". If Trump were impeached, it would mean half of the nation's last four presidents would have been subject to what traditionalists say should be a last resort.

"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", Pelosi told the Post. Pelosi asked a group of her peers during a Monday night huddle, according to two people familiar with the remarks who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

And it's bad politics.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's opposition to impeaching President Donald Trump won't stop a House vote on the issue, as Texas Democratic Rep.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence appear together before President Trump's State of the Union address on February 5, 2019. "I don't think we should allow fear of failure to keep us from doing our jobs".

"If we hadn't talked about impeachment, God knows what he would have done", Sherman said. Intellectually? Politically? What are we talking here?

All of the above. No. No.

"I don't think Democrats win out of that, and I don't think Republicans win out of that in the short term or the long term", he continued.

So what do we, the real majority in this country, do to get rid of this monstrosity in the White House?

When there was a Republican majority, the House also repeatedly voted down Trump impeachment resolutions, despite dozens of Democrats voting in favor of them. Is holding the President accountable for his crimes and coverups "worth it?" How likely are they ever to support impeachment, Blake wonders, no matter what Robert Mueller or House Democrats dig up through their investigations?

Trump and his associates face multiple investigations, including one headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that is looking into Russian influence on the 2016 U.S. election and potential collusion between Trump's team and Moscow. Just as during the Nixon years, the first step is congressional investigations (which we're seeing now), which then might lead to the opening of impeachment hearings.

"We're working very hard to deliver on those things, and I think the speaker wants to make sure we stay focused on that", he said.

Even one of the strongest proponents of impeachment, freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI, said Tuesday that she is "absolutely not" disappointed in Pelosi.

"He's just not worth it".

"The reasoning goes that the Attorney-General might be unwilling to actually release it publicly if it looks like Democrats are going to try to use it to draft articles of impeachment".

We're not facing today a President entering upon the office after an assassination, and pursuing policies so different from his murdered predecessor that his party sought any pretext to remove him from office. However, she added that her own relationship with Trump has been "respectful of the office that he holds". Yes, it's theoretically possible that either the Mueller investigation or some future House investigation will produce evidence that meets the "compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan" standard Pelosi mentioned, changing the equation.