House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is looking to calm down fellow Democrats in their call for impeachment against President Donald Trump but is not getting the cooperation that she might have hoped, according to The Hill.
“I made the comment that I made because I make it every week,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol, referring to her interview with The Washington Post, according to The Hill.
“I’ve made it [in] July, August, September, October. I’ve made it all through the campaign. I made it in our transition. And I’ve made it every week.”
In the interview that she mentioned, Pelosi caused her Democratic colleagues to seethe with anger when she argued that impeachment is “so divisive” that it should be avoided “unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan,” that it becomes an inescapable step.” She added that in her opinion, Trump is “just not worth it.”
She received pushback almost immediately from other Democrats, including billionaire impeachment advocate Tom Steyer:
“Is defending our legal system ‘worth it?’ Is holding the President accountable for his crimes and cover-ups ‘worth it?’ Is doing what’s right ‘worth it?’” Steyer said in a statement shortly after the interview was published according to The Hill. “Or shall America just stop fighting for our principles and do what’s politically convenient.”
On Thursday, Pelosi acknowledged that the interview wasn’t well accepted, but reiterated her stance on impeachment:
“It didn’t seem to catch on until it had a gimmick: ‘He’s not worth it.’ Boom! — it explodes,” she said. “So some of you have said to me, ‘Why are you saying this now?’ Because I’ve said it almost every day. But if I frame it that way, it gets more attention. So I wasn’t getting worried about anything.”
The House speaker has, however, left the door open to impeachment proceedings, following the results of Special Council Robert Mueller’s report.
Until that time, however, Pelosi has other, more pressing issues on her agenda:
“Our focus is on what we said we would do: health care; job creation; cleaner government; gun safety; issues like that. And it is not worth our time to take our attention from that,” she said. “And if I’m somebody in the public who is feeling that financial pain, and I see us focusing on one thing or another — but not on my financial interests — that is not a source of hope for people.”
“I don’t think we should impeach a president for political reasons, and I don’t think we should not impeach a president for political reasons,” Pelosi said. “But you have to be ironclad, in terms of your facts. And we’ll see where that takes us.”