Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D’Alesandro PelosiPelosi, Schumer push back on new Trump demand for wall funding: ‘We hope he learned his lesson’ Five things to watch for in Trump’s 2020 budget Democrats hurting themselves with handling of Ilhan Omar controversy MORE (D-Calif.) said in an interview published Monday that she’s against impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpButtigieg: ‘I have more years of government experience under my belt’ than Trump Tucker Carlson says he won’t apologize for comments in resurfaced radio interview Buttigieg calls Pence ‘cheerleader for the porn star presidency’ MORE “unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan,” arguing “he’s just not worth it.”
“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. And he’s just not worth it,” Pelosi told The Washington Post.
“Are we talking ethically? Intellectually? Politically? What are we talking here?” she said. “All of the above. No. No. I don’t think he is.”
The comments are Pelosi’s strongest indication to date that she will not support impeaching Trump, setting a high bar that is not likely to be reached.
The issue has divided Democrats since they retook control of the House in January.
Some members have already introduced articles of impeachment and have expressed support for removing Trump from office.
Party leaders, including Pelosi, have largely sought to tamp down the issue, arguing that lawmakers should take a wait-and-see approach as special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE and congressional committees conduct ongoing investigations.
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month launched a sprawling investigation into the president’s administration, campaign and business, sending document requests to 81 individuals and entities.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerPresident Trump should not underestimate Jerry Nadler House heads down wrong path to impeachment with investigations Tlaib to join protest calling for Trump impeachment MORE (D-N.Y.), whose committee would oversee impeachment proceedings, said at the time that the investigation is part of congressional oversight responsibilities, but added that Congress remained “far from” impeachment.
“We are going to be the check and the balance,” Nadler told CNN the same day he served document requests. “We are going to find out, we are going to lay out the facts for the American people.”
Updated at 4:41 p.m.