House Speaker Nancy Pelosi contends her strategy of attacking President Trump through congressional investigations and in the courts is working, and most Democrats in her caucus support the approach.
Despite nonstop pressure from a handful of radical Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry against Trump, Pelosi told CNN the majority are on her side and “it’s not even close.”
Pelosi discussed the situation Tuesday at the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s Fiscal Summit 2019 in Washington, D.C., where she again publicly condemned the impeachment talks as a bad idea when confronted by CNN’s Manu Raju.
“We’ve won in the courts … with a couple of things that (Rep. Elijah) Cummings has put forth … the president’s accounting firm, they should release its documents. On the Deutsche Bank, Maxine Waters case, we won that case in court, of course they’ll appeal because they want to obstruct the American people from having the truth,” Pelosi said, referring to records subpoenaed by Cummings, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Waters, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee.
“So the question you ask: Do you get more by having an inquiry?” Pelosi continued. “Some say yes, some say no.”
“If a majority of your caucus wants to go forward with an impeachment inquiry, would you?” Raju pressed.
“It’s not even close in our caucus,” Pelosi said.
“But eventually …,” Raju chimed in.
Pelosi cut him off.
“Why are we even speculating on hypotheticals,” she said. “What we’re doing is winning in court. We won a victory getting documents from the … Justice Department today, for fear of further going to court, although we’re still going to hold the attorney general in contempt today.”
“Look, I’m going to tell you something. There’s nothing as divisive in our country on my view, than impeachment,” the 79-year-old career politician, who served through President Clinton’s impeachment proceedings, told the audience.
“Our founders gave us so much to be grateful for. They were a blessing intellectually, in values, and all of the rest. Thank God they made our constitution amendable, they had that wisdom, as well,” Pelosi said. “But they gave us guidance in this way. They said, ‘E pluribus unum’ – from many one. They couldn’t imagine how many we would become or how different we would be from each other, but they knew we had to be one.
“So we’re trying to make decisions as we go forth that are unifying, not divide. Infrastructure, the president says he wants to do that. Prescription drugs, the president says he wants to do that,” Pelosi continued. “Cleaner government, not so sure about that. But nonetheless, it’s part of our agenda.”
In other words, Pelosi isn’t interested in talking about impeachment or Donald Trump, a point she made crystal clear at other points during the discussion in D.C.
“I don’t care what you ask anymore,” Pelosi told Raju. “I’m not going to talk about him anymore.”