Pelosi: 'What Mueller might not think is indictable could be impeachable'

Pelosi: 'What Mueller might not think is indictable could be impeachable'
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiOvernight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force On The Money: GOP senator floats options to prevent shutdown | Republicans stunned by Trump shutdown threat | Schumer insists Dems won't budge on wall | Pelosi expects fierce fight over Trump tax returns | Trump warns GM won't be treated well after layoff Will Congress score headlines or legislative wins in next session? MORE (D-Calif.) said in an interview published Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpProsecutors investigating Trump inaugural fund, pro-Trump super PAC for possible illegal foreign donations: NY Times George Conway: Why take Trump's word over prosecutors' if he 'lies about virtually everything' Federal judge says lawsuit over Trump travel ban waivers will proceed MORE could still be impeached even if special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE does not indict him in his Russia investigation. 

"Recognize one point. What Mueller might not think is indictable could be impeachable," Pelosi told The Atlantic.

Pelosi said, however, that she wants to see irrefutable evidence so that Republicans would join any impeachment effort.

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Some Democrats, notably top donor Tom Steyer, have argued that Trump has already committed impeachable acts.

"What you have is a president who has declared war on the Constitution publicly this week. If that’s not obstruction of justice, what is obstruction of justice?” Steyer told The Atlantic regarding Pelosi's comments.

He added that he has a deep respect for Pelosi, but commented: “My blood just popped out the top out of my head.”

The president has come under fire for appointing Matt WhitakerMatthew G WhitakerFox's Kilmeade suggests David Bossie, Matthew Whitaker for chief of staff Comey’s confession: dossier not verified before, or after, FISA warrant Flake stands firm on sending a ‘message to the White House’ on Mueller MORE to replace Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsChief Justice of California Supreme Court leaves GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation Trump attorney general pick a prolific donor to GOP candidates, groups: report Press: Mueller closes in on Trump MORE.

Whitaker previously criticized the Mueller probe, which he will oversee as acting attorney general.

Pelosi in a separate interview with CBS News's Margaret Brennan attacked Whitaker's appointment.

"It does violence to the Constitution and the vision of our founders to appoint such a person in such a manner to be the chief legal officer in our country. And that's bipartisan," Pelosi said.

A poll released last week showed voters are split on whether House Democrats should immediately begin impeachment proceedings against Trump.

The American Barometer survey, conducted by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company, found that 40 percent of registered voters polled said House Democrats should begin impeachment proceedings, while 41 percent said Democrats in the chamber should not begin the process.