According to a new report, the Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi told caucus leaders she’s not prepared to impeach President Trump at the moment, however, she wants him imprisoned.
The New York Daily News reported that Rep. Jerry wants to impeach President Trump, whie Speaker Pelosi wants to see him behind bars.
The Democratic impeach-or-not debate deepened as Jerry Nadler (D-Manhattan) reportedly pressed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch hearings aimed at removing President Trump from office.
Pelosi pushed back along with fellow senior Democrats, saying she wants to see Trump not impeached but “in prison,” according to Politico.
“I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison,” Pelosi said, several Democratic sources told the news site.
Many Beltway experts think Nancy Pelosi has lost control of the House, thanks to radical newcomers like Alexandria Ocasio-Coretz, and others who are leading the impeachment charge.
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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly told her caucus leaders Tuesday evening that she wants to see President Donald Trump in prison — but that she does not want to undertake impeachment proceedings against him right now.
Politico reported Wednesday evening that “multiple Democratic sources familiar with” a meeting between Pelosi and several party leaders quoted her as telling them: “I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison.”
Pelosi reportedly pushed back against pressure from House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who has pressed the speaker to approve the start of impeachment proceedings. According to Politico, Pelosi prefers to take a different approach: defeat Trump in the 2020 presidential election, and then prosecute him and send him to prison. (Special Counsel Robert Mueller confirmed last month in a public statement that a sitting president cannot be indicted.)
Politico said that Pelosi was “expressing solidarity with pro-impeachment Democrats who want to hold the president accountable while disputing the idea that it is now time to take that step. Pelosi has long argued that certain conditions must be met before Democrats begin impeachment — public support and strong bipartisan backing, neither of which have so far materialized.” Only about one in three Americans favor impeaching Trump, according to recent polls.
Throughout the 2018 campaign, Pelosi struggled to tamp down expectations that Democrats would impeach Trump, believing that voters would recoil from impeachment, as they did in the Bill Clinton era. Impeachment was “not a priority,” she said in August 2018.
However, calls of impeachment continue to mount — including from almost every Democratic presidential candidate — despite the fact that Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and that Mueller could not conclude that Trump had obstructed justice.