Which means that moving to impeach him would be not just "divisive to the country", as she says, but also bad for Democrats - since it would show them as unable to resist the most demented demands of their base. "And he's just not worth it".
Mrs. Pelosi had been trying to tamp down impeachment talk within her ranks for months, but she's had only moderate success. "Intellectually? Politically? What are we talking here?"
"All of the above. No. No".
"I happen to disagree with that take", Ocasio-Cortez said to the Washington Examiner on Monday, "but you know, she's the speaker".
While acknowledging that she found Trump "ethically unfit".
"Intellectually unfit. Curiosity-wise unfit".
Pelosi: I'm not for impeachment.
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She added: "And he's just not worth it".
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If SDNY eventually presents a report of Trump's misconduct to Congress in some form, Pelosi may have already undermined its case for impeachment. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the chairman of the committee, called the requests the first step in a larger probe into obstruction of justice and abuses of power by the president.
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform, meanwhile, heard testimony from Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer, during a high-profile late-February hearing.
Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen in congressional testimony has accused the United States president of committing crimes including campaign finance violations and potential tax fraud. In an an interview with CBS on Super Bowl Sunday, Trump said, "The only way they can win, because they can't win the election, is to bring out the artificial way of impeachment".
Pelosi told the news outlet the president she quotes "most on the campaign trail" is Ronald Reagan.
Some rank-and-file House Democrats, like freshmen liberal Rashida Tlaib, are keen to being impeachment proceedings.
Pelosi has, at times, referenced the failed 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton by congressional Republicans as a formative experience in her thinking - an argument she renewed in the interview. "There's no question that that was disgusting for the country". "It was unnecessary and the rest", she said. Our founders gave us the strongest foundation. [Laughs.] How would I describe my relationship to the president? "This is very serious for our country".
Pelosi is not alone in hesitating on impeachment. Billionaire Tom Steyer has led the charge, spending tens of millions of dollars on television ads calling on Democrats to begin the process.
"We have two investigations: the Mueller report that we're all anxiously awaiting and, as was indicated, the one thing I did see widely reported was that the witness said that other issues that he was aware of were under consideration by the Southern District of NY".
"At the end of the day, there are 239 members of the House Democratic caucus and the overwhelming majority of those members have made clear that we should proceed with caution with respect to impeachment", Jeffries said.