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Nancy Pelosi rules out impeaching Trump as ‘so divisive’

March 11, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she’s not in favor of impeaching President Trump, dealing a major setback to the anti-Trump resistance which has clamored for House Democrats to take the politically charged step.

Mrs. Pelosi, in an interview with The Washington Post released Monday, said that while she doubts Mr. Trump’s fitness for office, impeaching him would be too divisive.

“I’m not for impeachment,” she told the magazine, adding she was aware she was breaking news with the announcement. “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. 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.

Top Democrats, and important liberal activists, continue to agitate for their party to pull the trigger.

“There’s so much evidence that this president should be impeached it’s hard to keep track of it all,” major liberal donor Tom Steyer tweeted Monday afternoon.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, last week launched what many analysts called the pathway to impeachment, issuing document requests to some 81 persons or entities that came within the Trump orbit during his time as a businessman, a candidate or as president.

Mr. Nadler, New York Democrat, said he’s convinced the president has obstructed justice, but he doesn’t have the evidence yet, so he has gone looking for it.

Mrs. Pelosi’s statement could put a damper on those efforts.

In her interview with The Post, she said her feelings about impeachment are borne of the harm it would cause, not her feelings on Mr. Trump’s ability to serve.

“Intellectually unfit. Curiosity-wise unfit. No, I don’t think he’s fit to be president of the United States,” she said, describing deep ideological differences between herself and Mr. Trump over the role of government in Americans’ lives.

“This president while he may be appealing to you on your insecurity and therefore your xenophobia, whether it’s globalization or immigrants is fighting clean air for your children to breathe, clean water for them to drink, food safety, every good thing that we should be doing that people can’t do for themselves,” she said. “You know, I have five kids, and I think I can do everything for them, but I can’t control the air they breathe, the water that they drink. You depend on the public sector to do certain things for the health and well-being of your family, and he is counter to that.”

She went on to say that she doesn’t usually like to talk about the president so much, and said it was “coming across too negatively.”

“I hardly ever talk about him. You know, it’s not about him. It’s about what we can do for the people to lower health-care costs, bigger paychecks, cleaner government,” she said.