Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives and the top Democrat, has sad she does not favour impeaching President Donald Trump, as has been threatened by many of her colleagues, because it would be "divisive" for the country and, most notably, "he's just not worth it".
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said, "I don't know".
"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 said. Kayleigh McEnany, national press secretary for the Trump campaign, said in a statement. "While we have impeachment authority, we need to be very cognizant of what the American people believe, and I agree with the speaker, that the probability of success is low, and the distraction would be major". Instead, various financial crimes, from secret payoffs to former lovers to tax and bank fraud to violation of the emoluments clause-because foreign countries have booked rooms in Trump hotels-have been cited as possible charges.
But that could leave Democrats waiting until the next election. The Democrats were the undeserving beneficiaries of this popular hostility to the Iraq war, which they had largely supported. "No, I don't think he's fit to be president of the United States", she stated.
Whether or not to impeach is a political decision that Pelosi and her caucus could still have to make, especially if Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation turns up damaging enough evidence of 2016 campaign coordination with Russian Federation that involved Trump or that his aides kept him informed about.
But their shared view that the House should not start impeachment proceedings against him are based on starkly different reasons. "And he's just not worth it", she told the Post.
In the meantime, House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings of Maryland is locking horns with an increasingly recalcitrant White House over issues related to Trump's hush money payment to Stormy Daniels and the top-secret security clearances granted to Trump family members and White House advisers Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.