House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is continuing to side-step questions about her support or opposition to the impeachment pressure from over 100 House Democrats, led by House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).
As IJR reported, the speaker told reporters during Thursday’s press conference that she is reluctant to impeach, saying, “If we have to go there, we’ll have to go there,” later adding, “But we can’t go there unless we have the facts.” Reporters repeatedly pressed her on the topic, but she made it clear she wasn’t having it.
“I have said what I’m going to say on the subject,” Pelosi later said, adding, “That’s it.”
However, Scalise called the House Democrats continued pursuit of impeachment “irresponsible” in an interview with Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” on Friday.
“This is irresponsible. It’s reckless,” Scalise said, adding that Pelosi “ought to confront it and say, ‘We’re not going to move toward that. The Mueller report showed there was no collusion, showed there was no any kind of obstruction of justice.'”
“They need to move on,” he added.
The Republican lawmaker pointed out that the House committee that’s pursuing the Trump impeachment probe is the same committee that has jurisdiction over the migrant situation at the southern border.
“Instead of solving the crisis at our border, they’re just infatuated with these witch hunts and impeaching the president, even though, by their own admission, there is nothing yet to impeach him on,” Scalise explained.
Since Pelosi won’t “shut that door” on impeachment, Scalise claimed, “[That] means she condones this radical, reckless effort.”
Watch Scalise’s interview below:
Chairman Nadler’s committee voted on Thursday on a measure that formalizes the investigation into Trump, as IJR reported.
“With these new procedures, we will begin next week an aggressive series of hearings investigating allegations of corruption, obstruction and abuse of power against the president,” Nadler said on Thursday.
The push by Democrats has been widely criticized by Republican lawmakers, including committee ranking member Doug Collins (R-Ga.), who likened the latest impeachment moves from Thursday to a “giant Instagram filter” that makes it “appear that something’s happening that’s not.”