Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, agreed with Mrs. Pelosi that Mr. Trump shouldn't be in office, but also that Democrats would need to find "graphic evidence" to make an impeachment case.
"I do not think we can actually remove him from office until we can convince the country", the California Democrat told reporters Monday evening. "It's important that there is a transparent process".
"Some of us signed on to impeachment articles while we were in the minority because we weren't even allowed to have a debate and that was at least one way to have the debate, the investigation", the Democrat from Washington state said.
"I'm not for impeachment", she told the Washington Post. "And he's just not worth it", Pelosi said. "And that's up to us to make the contrast to show that this president ― while he may be appealing to your on your insecurity and therefore your xenophobia, whether it's globalization or immigrants ― is fighting clean air for your children to breathe, clean water for them to drink, food safety, every good thing that we should be doing that people can't do for themselves".
Green said, "The president is imposing bigotry in policy on the country". Pelosi said that if Democrats had tried to impeach Bush when she was Speaker, voters may never have elected Barack Obama as president in 2008.
Heritage Action Executive Director Tim Chapman also pointed to the power shifts within the Democratic caucus, noting, "Pelosi is a better politician than her neophyte progressives".
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"I will do as my conscience dictates", Green said, going on to quote from Federalist Paper 65, one of several founding documents chiefly authored by John Jay, the first Supreme Court justice, and Alexander Hamilton.
"I think what Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Pelosi was trying to do is tell her conference this is the wrong path to take, I believe it's wrong to do, and try to slow the train down because they have no basis for impeachment but they just want to do it for a political reason", he said.
"If we wait on Republicans, who are not going to buy in, then there won't be an impeachment", he said.
"She said essentially what I've been saying". But the Democrats are so rattled by the president that they do not see the hypocrisy in their position. "This is news. I'm going to give you some news right now because I haven't said this to any press person before". The political fortunes of the Democratic Party have seemingly been on the upswing since the 2016 elections, and Pelosi would prefer not to lose that momentum by getting too far ahead of public sentiment.
Pelosi stressed to the Post that while she does not believe the country should impeach the president, Trump is still "ethically", "intellectually" and "curiosity-wise" unfit for the presidency. I mean, they deserve it, but it probably won't happen through impeachment.
Pelosi is no doubt remembering the Clinton impeachment and how the Republicans wound up making the president into a sympathetic figure for much of the public.
Not impeaching Trump would mean condoning conspiracy with Russian Federation to interfere in federal elections; conspiracy with Saudi Arabia to direct American foreign policy in exchange for financial favors done for the President and his family; use of the Presidency for self-enrichment; and a President's use of federal agencies to obstruct an investigation. The Republican Party has largely shrugged off Trump being implicated in a bona-fide crime - Michael Cohen's campaign finance violations.