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Trump should not be impeached unless reasons are 'overwhelming': Nancy Pelosi

Trump should not be impeached unless reasons are 'overwhelming': Nancy Pelosi

"He's just not worth it". It's not an honor to bestow.

"That doesn't mean we are voting on it, it means we are beginning the process to look at some of these alleged claims", Tlaib said. But maybe not two [Trump] terms. "And that's up to us to make the contrast to show that this president - while he be appealing to you on your insecurity and therefore your xenophobia, whether it's globalization or immigrants - is fighting clean air for your children to breathe, clean water for them to drink, food safety, every good thing that we should be doing that people can't do for themselves".

At the 2018 midterms, Democrats found success by largely ignoring Mr Trump - and his incendiary comments on issues like immigration - and campaigning on issues like healthcare.

We're not facing today a President entering upon the office after an assassination, and pursuing policies so different from his murdered predecessor that his party sought any pretext to remove him from office. Some Democrats fear that, by engaging in the fight, the party would be damaged by the backlash.

Pelosi pointed to the excruciating process of president Bill Clinton's impeachment by the House in 1998, and his subsequent acquittal by the Senate.

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Many Democrats have been planning to move impeachment proceedings, but seniors in the party have been more circumspect about it. And although Mueller has managed to indict and convict several Trump associates, none are guilty of active collusion during the 2016 election period. No one seems to know when it will end, or what form a final "report" will take, but the conclusion of the probe may lay out a very compelling case for impeachment. All Pelosi argued was that impeachment requires some bipartisan support for it to be effective, which is patently obvious. Trump's blatant breach of the emoluments clause is one; relatedly, his apparent receptivity to foreign influence on multiple fronts is another. In response, Washington congressmember and Progressive Caucus co-chair Pramila Jayapal said that congressional investigations should determine the appropriate course of action, and that evidence of a "consistent pattern of abuse of power, [or] of obstruction of justice" would be grounds for impeachment.

Earlier, Democrat Senator Chris Coons stated that Trump could be indicted after he demits office if allegations against Trump of directing his former lawyer Michael Cohen to make illegal payments during the presidential campaign are true. Democrats must weigh whether this disinformation machine should be able to place an inquiry off political limits even if they conclude the emerging facts warrant them.

She also, unwisely, gives Republicans the ultimate escape hatch on impeachment. "Our democracy must be protected", she tweeted recently. Some new freshman Democrats who hail from solidly liberal districts haven't shied away from the subject - Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib used a vulgarity in calling for Trump's impeachment the day she was sworn in.

With enough public sentiment to successfully execute impeachment, Trump would nearly certainly be run out of office like a cheap grifter in November of 2020. Twenty-one years later, the Clintons amassed a nine-figure fortune by trading off their names, and Hillary Clinton only missed out on a Clinton Restoration to the White House out of her own sheer incompetence. She also doesn't entirely preclude impeachment, either. Timing, Raskin said, "becomes more of a factor" in impeachment as elections near.

"I don't think he is" fit to be president, she said in the interview. Instead of organizing the new Democratic majority under her direction, Pelosi suddenly finds herself out of step with the newest generation within it - and retreating rather than taking charge.


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