House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that while she doesn’t believe President Trump is fit for office, she’s also against any plans to impeach. Speaking to the Washington Post, Pelosi said, “This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: 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, because it divides the country.” She continued, “And he’s just not worth it.”
Since Democrats gained control of the House, impeachment has been at the center of commentary and even statements coming from members of Congress themselves. Rep. Rashida Tlaib gave a now-infamous speech vowing to “impeach the mother f****r.” Many progressives from the freshman class joined members in promising oversight to the Executive Branch.
This oversight has so far included hearing testimony from disgraced ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who will soon begin a 3-year prison sentence for lying to Congress, campaign finance violations and other crimes. There have also been several reports that House members have sent letters inquiring into President Trump’s personal business dealings.
Echoing Speaker Pelosi’s sentiment, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff told CNN reporter Manu Raju, “If the evidence isn’t sufficient to win bipartisan support for this, putting the country through a failed impeachment isn’t a good idea.” He went on to say, “I think given how polarized the country is right now and given how the Republican members of Congress have prostrated themselves right now in front of the president, in the absence of very graphic evidence, it would be difficult to get support of the Senate.”
Many on the far-left have expressed their unabashed support for immediate impeachment proceedings following the most contentious political climate the United States has seen in decades. This has been met with relentless resistance by members of the Republican Party and conservatives in general.