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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, said in a recent interview with The Washington Post that she was not in favor of impeaching Trump, adding that "he's just not worth it", taking a veiled shot at Trump's ego even as she withdrew her party's political nuclear weapon.

Pelosi told The Washington Post, 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.

Since the 116th Congress was seated in January, Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic leadership have been advising the impeachment-hungry freshmen to "wait and see" what the special counsel turns up; with zero evidence of the promised "Russian collusion" nearly two years in, and only a third of Americans backing the idea of impeachment, Pelosi knows not to bet on a losing horse. Republicans control the Senate, which would conduct a trial and then vote on whether to remove Trump if the House impeaches him for any "high crimes and misdemeanours", as the Constitution specifies.

Pelosi has often said the House should not pursue impeachment for political reasons, but it shouldn't hold back for political reasons, either. Republicans later claimed a moral victory by saying that Clinton would be forever stained by the impeachment vote.

Pelosi responded: "Are we talking ethically?"

But hard questions about how and whether to proceed with impeachment will likely drag out for weeks, as Mr Mueller's investigation comes to a close and as House Democrats ramp up their own investigations. The political fortunes of the Democratic Party have seemingly been on the upswing since the 2016 elections, and Pelosi would prefer not to lose that momentum by getting too far ahead of public sentiment. "This is something that goes back to the Clinton era, this is something the new democrats believed in in the 1990's".

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"Today, I announced that later this month, I will be introducing a resolution to have the Judiciary Committee move on investigating grounds for impeachment".

"If the [reports] indicate that that's become necessary, then we must fulfil our oath and proceed with impeachment", said Rep Ilhan Omar, a freshman progressive firebrand. "Most of the constitutional authorities agree with me on this point", Green said. Most on the right believe the impeachment process would be impossible as they say President Donald Trump hasn't committed any impeachable offenses.

Rep. Pramilla Jayapal also sided with Mrs. Pelosi, saying the urgency to impeach is no longer there now that Democrats are in the majority in the House and can dig for evidence.

It means Democrats are effectively giving the Republican Party veto power over whether Trump should be impeached.

"If they're going to win in 2020 it'll have to be that approach again". "Nobody thinks there is going to be a conviction in the Senate, unless circumstances very substantially change". Ocasio-Cortez admitted Tuesday she disagrees with Pelosi on the impeachment issue, according to Fox.

First, there is no need for Pelosi to declare that she's not for impeachment in the present, when it would be a lot more salutary to say this is simply premature, and that in the end, the right course of action will be determined by the facts, and leave it at that. Historian Kevin Kruse points out that majority support for President Richard M. Nixon's removal didn't develop until after the impeachment inquiry commenced.