House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Tuesday that House Democrats are “not even close” to backing impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
Speaking at an event in Washington, D.C., Pelosi was asked if she would support impeachment if over half of her 235 Democratic members did.
“It’s not even close in our caucus,” Pelosi told CNN’s Manu Raju.
“Why are we speculating on hypotheticals?” she asked. “What we’re doing is winning in court. We won a victory getting the documents from the Justice Department today for fear of further going to court.”
Pelosi faces pressure from her colleagues, some committee chairmen and even members of her own leadership team who are pushing for an impeachment inquiry.
According to The Hill, at least 56 House Dems now support launching that inquiry — a figure that’s more than doubled since former special counsel Robert Mueller held a news conference and said his team could not exonerate the president of obstruction.
Pelosi has warned that moving to impeach Trump would rip the country apart.
“There is nothing as divisive in our country, in my view, than impeachment,” Pelosi said on Tuesday.
Instead, Pelosi said House Dems would continue with their investigations into the Trump administration and his businesses. Once they have more evidence, they will determine whether to move forward on impeachment.
“It’s not off the table,” Pelosi said. “I don’t think you should impeach for political reasons and I don’t think you should not impeach for political reasons. It’s not about politics. It’s not about Democrats and Republicans. It’s about patriotism to our country. It’s upholding the Constitution of the United States.”
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