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 PelosiObjections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated Latest pro-democracy rally draws tens of thousands in Hong Kong Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' MORE (D-Calif.) said in an interview published Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpO'Rourke: Trump driving global, U.S. economy into recession Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Objections to Trump's new immigration rule wildly exaggerated MORE could still be impeached even if special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report 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 WhitakerEx-federal prosecutor: 'Thank God' Whitaker is gone, Barr will bring 'integrity' back to DOJ GOP pollster says Dems are relitigating 2016 election with investigations of Trump Former senior FBI official calls Whitaker hearing ‘disgraceful’ MORE to replace Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy 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.