House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her opposition to impeachment for President Donald Trump in an interview published on Monday.
Pelosi gave multiple reasons for not supporting impeachment efforts against Trump, claiming it would be too divisive for the country and there would need to be substantial evidence against the president.
“Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path,” the speaker told The Washington Post.
“Because it divides the country, and he’s just not worth it,” she added.
In a follow-up question, Pelosi defended her stance to CBS News, saying, “They wanted me to impeach President Bush for the Iraq War. I didn’t believe in it then, I don’t believe in it now.”
“It divides the country,” she added. “Unless there is some conclusive evidence that takes us to that place.”
Watch the comment below:
NEW: Speaker Pelosi on impeachment: "They wanted me to impeach President Bush for the Iraq War. I didn’t believe in it then, I don’t believe in it now. It divides the country. Unless there is some conclusive evidence that takes us to that place." pic.twitter.com/G1wtDuMnwi
— Bo Erickson (@BoKnowsNews) March 11, 2019
House Democrats have spoken out on both sides of the debate since Pelosi’s announcement.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) spoke out in support of the Speaker’s view, saying, “In the absence of very graphic evidence, it would be difficult to get the support in the Senate needed to make an impeachment successful.”
Watch the video below, via CNN:
Schiff: "Failed impeachment is not a good idea … The evidence will have to be pretty overwhelming."
Rep Brad Sherman, supporter of impeachment, to me on Pelosi's Trump isn't "worth it" comment: "You don't impeach Trump for him; you impeach Trump for the Constitution." pic.twitter.com/wvbzDfXr6g
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) March 11, 2019
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) also voiced his support for Pelosi’s stance during an interview with MSNBC on Monday. The congressman claimed, “Impeachment is the ultimate political death penalty.”
“It was included in the Constitution for extraordinary circumstances and as the Speaker laid out, we should only proceed, absent a compelling finding that allows us to make the determination that we should go down this road,” he said.
Watch the video below, via MSNBC:
— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) March 11, 2019
However, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) declared that he will continue to push for impeachment on Tuesday, saying, “And there will be another vote on impeachment, now there’s a way to stop me. If you desire to stop me, you but only have to change the rules so that I can’t bring a vote on impeachment.”
“Otherwise, I will,” he added.
Watch the video below, via C-SPAN:
WATCH: @RepAlGreen (D-TX) on an impeachment vote,
"If you desire to stop me you but only have to change the rules so that I can't bring a vote on impeachment, otherwise I will because the Constitution & the rules allow any one person to bring a vote on impeachment" pic.twitter.com/UxmRj30IhS
— Washington Journal (@cspanwj) March 12, 2019
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) also responded to reporters about impeachment, saying “Legally I don’t think it’s something that can ever be 100 percent off the table.”