Pelosi Puts Damper on Talk of Impeaching Trump: ‘Not Some Place I Think We Should Go’

• November 5, 2017 10:34 am


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) shot down the idea of seeking impeachment of President Donald Trump Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" if Democrats gain a majority in the House in 2018.

Host Jake Tapper mentioned Democratic megadonor Tom Steyer's $10 million ad campaign calling for the impeachment of Trump, which has gotten the president's attention.

"Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says if you and the Democrats take back the House in 2018, the first thing you will do is impeach President Trump. Is that true?" Tapper asked

"No," Pelosi said. "I believe that whatever we do, we have a responsibility, first and foremost, to unify the nation. Second of all, you can't go down any path without the facts and the law."

Pelosi kept the door open in case new information comes out.

"If that's there, perhaps it will come out in these investigations. The left of our party is still annoyed with me for not impeaching President Bush for going into Iraq. What could be worse than that?" Pelosi said.

"Somebody has some facts that come forth about President Trump, let the chips fall where they may. But it's not some place I think we should go," she said.

"Not a priority for you?" Tapper said.

"No," Pelosi said. "And again, I don't want to dampen anybody's enthusiasm for what they believe. Because a lot of people in our country think that the president should be impeached."

Pelosi continued to say that Democrats should be focused on issues and stopping the Republican tax reform bill.

"That isn't what our election is about," Pelosi said about impeachment talk.

Pelosi has been reportedly critical of Steyer's impeachment campaign, and Steyer shot back last week that she and other establishment Democrats were "dead wrong" to call it a distraction.