Nancy Pelosi Says It's 'Not Worth It' to Impeach President Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks at an Economic Club of Washington luncheon gathering in Washington Friday

Pelosi, on impeachment, says Trump ‘not worth it’

The comments put the Kentucky Democrat, who's the chairman of the House Budget Committee, at odds with Pelosi, who said she does not now support impeaching Trump even though she believes he is unfit to be President, according to a Washington Post magazine interview published Monday.

Which means that moving to impeach him would be not just "divisive to the country", as she says, but also bad for Democrats - since it would show them as unable to resist the most demented demands of their base.

She added: "And he's just not worth it".

If SDNY eventually presents a report of Trump's misconduct to Congress in some form, Pelosi may have already undermined its case for impeachment.

Rep. Brad Sherman, who has drafted articles of impeachment against the President, disputed Pelosi's comment that Trump "isn't worth it". Going for impeachment now, short of some kind of slam dunk from Robert Mueller, is a risk Democrats are hesitant to take.

"When and if he breaks the law, that is grounds for when something like that would come up", she said at a press conference about Trump's efforts to undermine financial regulations.

I was shocked Pelosi's statement because it seemed to me it was "well we're not going to do it right away, we don't have enough stuff right now", it was a statement of direction.

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As recently as January, Pelosi swatted down impeachment questions, saying the bar needed to be very high for any sort of consideration of impeachment.

"It's not someplace that I think we should go", Pelosi said on CNN's "State of the Union" in November 2017 when asked whether Democrats would seek to oust the President if they regained the majority. Democrats say they're conducting the rigorous oversight of the administration that Republicans refused to do the first two years of Trump's presidency.

Mr Mueller is also investigating whether there was any collusion between Mr Trump's campaign and the Russian Government and whether Mr Trump has attempted to obstruct the investigation.

Pelosi was noticeably warmer toward the younger generation of congresswomen during the interview, remembering the full name of the Green New Deal (which she'd previously dismissed as the "green dream, or whatever") and expressing "awe" at "the way they balance family and children and home".

Other Democrats are more enthusiastic. Earlier this month, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., marched on Capitol Hill with impeachment supporters, and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., has discussed impeaching Trump in numerous interviews. "It was unnecessary and the rest", she told the Post.

But Ms Pelosi's suggestion that she doesn't support those moves at all because "he's just not worth it" won't sit well with some in her caucus. "Or shall America just stop fighting for our principles and do what's politically convenient?"

I think what she's saying is "regardless of the information, regardless of how unfit he is, we're waiting for Republican permission to go forward and hold him accountable for his crimes, and I think if we, in fact, let the American people see through hearings exactly how lawless he is, they'll insist he be removed from office immediately".

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