As IJR previously reported, several prominent Democrats, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), and one Republican — Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) — have called for the impeachment of Trump.
Pelosi, however, has been pumping the brakes on impeachment, calling the issue “divisive” and noting that she intends to let her committee chairs — including Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) — continue with their own investigations before pulling the trigger on impeachment proceedings.
This patient approach hasn’t been that attractive to some Democrats who want to hit the gas on removing Trump. Several reports have noted the infighting between Democrats on the issue, highlighting a key fracture in the party.
Despite the reports of infighting, Pelosi tried to maintain that her party is unified on waiting for the committees to act even though the speaker claimed that Trump is “crying out” to be impeached.
She scolded the press for continuing to cover the division among Democrats, claiming they’re covering a story that isn’t “real” after reports claimed the party met to discuss impeachment prior to their meeting with Trump on Wednesday.
Watch Pelosi’s impeachment comments:
“The White House is just crying out for impeachment. That’s why he flipped yesterday because he was hoping — somehow or other, you all have a story that isn’t real. You want to believe that there is all this unease in our caucus that simply isn’t the truth. We have respect for the diversity of opinion in our caucus, and I say to the caucus our diversity is our strength, our unity is our power, and we have unity in our caucus.”
She claimed Trump was disappointed after “he didn’t see this rush to impeachment coming out of our caucus.”
Despite claiming that Trump is involved in a “cover-up” and is “crying out” to be impeached, Pelosi maintained that they will not be starting the impeachment process anytime soon.