President Trump's campaign on Tuesday called on his Democratic challengers for 2020 to say whether they support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's stance against impeachment.
The 17-term California Democrat recalled the divisiveness of President Bill Clinton's impeachment, which she said was "horrible for the country", and said she would not be willing to go through that again without "overwhelming and bipartisan" justification.
"I certainly agree that in the absence of very compelling evidence that either Mueller produces or we're able to find, gaining the bipartisan support necessary, impeachment, to be successful, would be enormously hard", Schiff told reporters Monday night.
Numerous stories focused on insults the Speaker threw at President Trump during her interview with the Washington Post magazine.
It was Pelosi's most direct comment yet on Trump's possible impeachment, a topic she has dealt with cautiously as it carries the potential to sharply split Democrats and the public ahead of next year's White House and congressional elections.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries both said that leadership doesn't plan on blocking any member from bringing impeachment related resolutions to the floor for a vote and that it won't detract from the party's legislative agenda.
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"I do believe what Speaker Pelosi understands is that what they're wanting to do is going to require far more than what they have now, so I think they are hedging their bet on it", Collins said. "And he's just not worth it", Pelosi said.
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Today, most Americans - 54 percent, according to a Monmouth University poll - do not support impeachment. But the real nugget is her conclusion that it would take "something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan" to make it a good idea. Pelosi knows that a partisan rush to impeachment raises the risk of alienating voters in those moderate parts of the country. And I always say you're not going to hear me saying anything publicly that I'm not saying here in the office. Factories and farms across the midwest are shuttering, and while unemployment numbers get touted by his mouthpieces on cable news, digging deeper into stats tells a sadder story across the heartland.
There have been rumblings of impeachment proceedings against Trump for ages, and several Democrats have already taken a crack at setting the thing off.
Pelosi's approach could also provide cover to some of her members, including freshmen who were elected in November from "red-to-blue" districts where impeachment is politically fraught.
Congressman Jerry Nadler, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, said earlier this month that while it was "very clear" that Trump has obstructed justice, "impeachment is a long way down the road".
Although Pelosi said she believed it would be too divisive to try to impeach Trump, she characterised the president as unfit to hold office.
She also, unwisely, gives Republicans the ultimate escape hatch on impeachment.
Democrats control the House today because they were able to win past year in places such as Orange County, Calif.
He said that it is his "responsibility to prevent an unfit president from staying in office" and that if he only gets his own single vote, he will have done his job in that regard. He said impeachment "has to be a bipartisan effort, and right now it's not there".