Nancy Pelosi rules out impeaching Trump as 'so divisive'

Donald Trump with First Lady Melania and son Barron at the White House

Donald Trump with First Lady Melania and son Barron at the White House

Nancy Pelosi, the United States' top-ranking Democrat and subject of a recent meme, says her party has no immediate plans to back impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump because "he's just not worth it".

The House speaker dismissed the president as "unfit" for office, but she also said impeachment was too divisive to risk on Trump: "He's just not worth it".

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff sided with Pelosi, who said Democrats shouldn't pursue impeachment unless there's overwhelming and bipartisan support for doing so.

"Look, I think Nancy Pelosi is clearly already starting to lose control of her party, I think we're seeing that on a lot of things that have taken place over the last couple of weeks", Sanders said on Fox News' "Outnumbered Overtime".

"You don't want to divide the country, so you have to think you have such a case that once the case is finished being presented, enough people understand you had to do it", said Nadler.

Pelosi, who just had her hat handed to her by freshmen Democrats during the Ilhan Omar condemnation debacle, still managed to make some comments to throw a bone to the radicals, calling the president "ethically", "intellectually", and "curiosity-wise unfit". The Tennessee Democrat said he hasn't done so this session "because I don't think the votes are anywhere near being there". She reminded the Post what she tells reporters weekly if not daily: "Public sentiment is everything". As long as Republicans assert that they disagree the president should be impeached, the argument is, de facto, over, based on Pelosi's reasoning.

"We're not ready", said David Bossie, a pugnacious Republican operative who served as Trump's deputy campaign manager and has been counseling both the White House and congressional Republicans.

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As an election nears, "I think there is an inherent consideration that perhaps the voters should decide this", added Chabot, a House Judiciary Committee member.

The claim that "he's just not worth it" is particularly freakish - impeachment is the ultimate sign that someone isn't worthy of the powers of the presidency. "Legally, I don't think it's something that can ever be 100 percent off the table, but if that's how she feels right now I respect that".

It will remove a tough vote for new Democrats in Trump-leaning districts, according to some. This time around, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy won't be around to block it. Pelosi would have to organize at least some Democrats to table it, even while dozens of the caucus continue to support Green's attempts to start impeachment proceedings. The framers of the Constitution put it in the hands of elected officials, declined to define what constitutes the "high crimes and misdemeanors" that would be grounds for a president's removal and set a high bar for conviction: a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate.

Aides have indicated he is prepared to spend $40 million backing the impeachment effort. "We should not wait on people who are not coming".

Even one of the strongest proponents of impeachment, freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI, said Tuesday that she is "absolutely not" disappointed in Pelosi. Barr, Trump's nominee for Attorney General, was confirmed last month by the Senate putting him atop the Justice Department.

"I'm not for impeachment", the California Democrat responded. "I happen to, yes", she said.

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