Democrats are not yet ready to initiate impeachment proceedings against US President Donald Trump, the party’s congressional leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday, warning that such a course of action would be “very divisive.”
The powerful House speaker, whose high-profile rivalry with Trump spilled into open warfare this week, also said the president himself is “disappointed” that Democrats have not launched formal steps to remove him from office because such a move could fire up his conservative base and help his re-election effort.
But she reiterated her position that impeachment was not presently the path forward for holding Trump to account.
“We can get the facts to the American people through our investigation,” she told reporters, referring to ongoing congressional probes that Trump has resisted.
“It may take us to a place that is unavoidable in terms of impeachment or not, but we’re not at that place.”
Pelosi reaffirmed her charge that Trump is engaged in a “cover-up” related to alleged efforts to obstruct justice regarding the special counsel’s probe of Moscow’s election interference and Trump’s connections with Russia, but she cautioned that “impeachment is a very divisive place to go in our country.”
“The House Democratic caucus is not on a path to impeachment — and that’s where he wants us to be,” the veteran Democrat said.
Several Democratic lawmakers and 2020 presidential contenders are eager to assert constitutionally mandated congressional oversight powers as a check against the executive.
But there are concerns the impeachment tactic could backfire, energizing Trump’s base ahead of the election.
“The White House is just crying out for impeachment,” Pelosi added.
The speaker also repeated her concern that Trump on Wednesday walked away from negotiations aimed at concluding a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan because he could not deal with Democrats on policy until “phony investigations” are brought to a close.
Trump weighed into that debate again early Thursday in a series of tweets.
“The Democrats are getting nothing done in Congress,” Trump wrote.
“It is not possible for them to investigate and legislate at the same time” because Democrats are focused on a “fishing expedition” regarding the Russia report, he added.
Russia and China blast US missile test
Russia and China warned Tuesday that a new US missile test had heightened military tensions and risked sparking an arms race, weeks after Washington ripped up a Cold War-era weapons pact with Moscow.
The US and Russia ditched the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty this month after accusing each other of violating the accord.
Washington said the agreement also tied its hands in dealing with other powers such as China.
The US Department of Defense announced on Monday it had tested a type of ground-launched missile that was banned under the 1987 INF agreement, which limited the use of nuclear and conventional medium-range weapons.
Leaked audio shows oil lobbyist bragging about success in criminalizing pipeline protests
"We've seen a lot of success at the state level, particularly starting with Oklahoma in 2017," said Derrick Morgan of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers
As a growing number of states move to pass laws that would criminalize pipeline protests and hit demonstrators with years in prison, an audio recording obtained by The Intercept showed a representative of a powerful oil and gas lobbying group bragging about the industry's success in crafting anti-protest legislation behind closed doors.
Trump’s latest attempt to smear Scaramucci dunked in mockery
At least one White House or campaign staffer apparently helped President Donald Trump attack his short-lived communications director Anthony Scaramucci -- and he was met with mockery.
The president tweeted out a supercut video late Monday of Scaramucci defending Trump before his recent public disavowal, and attacked his former staffer as a "dope" who's seeking fame.
Nobody ever heard of this dope until he met me. He only lasted 11 days! pic.twitter.com/RzX3zjXzga
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2019