Pelosi Comes Out against Impeachment: ‘He’s Just Not Worth It’

Nancy Pelosi says impeaching Donald Trump 'just not worth it'

"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". While Mueller's report and investigations in Congress and by NY prosecutors could change the dynamic, for now, "Pelosi's right - he's not worth it, just in terms of obsessing over him". And those Democrats who disagreed with Pelosi avoided direct criticism of her remark. Or is the evidence against him so thin that the future of his presidency properly should be determined in the next election?

Tlaib stressed that she is going to continue to push for impeachment, but echoed Democratic leaders' caution in first calling for a committee process that investigates Trump.

But they are only rumours, and have been proven wrong before.

The looming release of the Mueller report could be the reason for Ms Pelosi's comments, according to Senior Lecturer in American Politics and Foreign Policy at the United States Studies Centre David Smith. "I wasn't sure I was going to succeed, but I went anyway", Green says.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat of NY, made a similar point: "We did not run on impeachment". I would love nothing more than to see Trump, Pence and rest of their klan dragged out of the White House in handcuffs and thrown into prison to rot for the rest of their lives.

Republicans alternately praised Pelosi and were skeptical. "It backfired on them badly", Dr Smith said.

She knows that we need to chip away at Trump bit by bit, like we've been doing.

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Lest anyone cite crumbling support for Richard Nixon during impeachment proceedings in 1974 (leading to his coerced resignation) as precedent for the same thing happening to Trump, the fact is this is a very different and more right-wing Republican Party than the one that weighed Nixon's fate back then, and Trump's approval rating among Republicans is much higher.

Recently her calls have been joined by Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), one of two Muslim women elected to Congress in November, who vowed in January to work to "impeach the motherf**ker". The Democratic base was ready for impeachment on day one, but the advocates of impeachment have not managed to persuade many more to join that cause.

Not impeaching Trump would mean condoning conspiracy with Russian Federation to interfere in federal elections; conspiracy with Saudi Arabia to direct American foreign policy in exchange for financial favors done for the President and his family; use of the Presidency for self-enrichment; and a President's use of federal agencies to obstruct an investigation. They are saying that, even if the evidence is damning in their minds, unless Republicans agree, they shouldn't move forward.

"They're [Democrats] aware that it's a deeply divided country at the moment", Dr Smith said. "I think we'll see".

"There's only a handful of Republicans that would do anything that is questionable of Trump even if he did the gun to the head of somebody on Fifth Avenue that he's talked about", Cohen told reporters Monday night.

Since Trump's election, Democrats have twice tried to force votes on impeachment proceedings, winning a high-water mark of more than 60 supporters - far from the 218 needed.

"History has shown that when a contest is all about Trump, Trump wins", he said.

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