Pelosi: Dems may get to impeachment, but 'we're not there yet'

Pelosi: Dems may get to impeachment, but 'we're not there yet'
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiConservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Grassley, Wyden reach deal to lower drug prices Why do Republicans keep trying to outspend Democrats in Congress? MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday didn't rule out the possibility of impeaching President TrumpDonald John Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota MORE while stressing that House Democrats should focus on pursuing their investigations.

Pelosi reiterated the message she gave to her caucus this week: We're not ready for impeachment yet.
 
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"I do believe that impeachment is one of the most divisive forces, paths that we could go down to in our country. But if the facts, the path of fact-finding takes us there, we have no choice. But we're not there yet," Pelosi said at the Time 100 Summit. 
 
"It may be a place that the facts take us. We shouldn't impeach for a political reason, and we shouldn't not impeach for a political reason," Pelosi added.
 
Some Democrats have joined calls to impeach Trump in light of the findings revealed in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction MORE's report outlining instances in which the president may have obstructed justice.
 
 
Some House Democrats, including progressive freshman Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezClimate protesters glue themselves to Capitol doors, confront lawmakers Overnight Energy: House Democrats offer rival to Green New Deal | Zinke clients include industries he regulated | Oil companies dealt blow in Rhode Island climate lawsuit Gingrich: Trump more interested in fighting Democrats than on 'any particular bill' MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyCNN, MSNBC said 'racist' more than 4,100 times from July 14-21 Trump says 'Squad' and Dems have 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' over impeachment 2020 RNC host city Charlotte condemns Trump's 'racist and xenophobic' remarks MORE (Mass.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarWarren introduces bill to cancel student loan debt for millions Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota Trump says 'Squad' and Dems have 'Trump Derangement Syndrome' over impeachment MORE (Minn.) have also called for impeachment in recent days.
 
During a roughly 90-minute conference call with House Democrats on Monday, Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsMueller testimony could be frustrating for both parties Hillicon Valley: Equifax to pay up to 0M over data breach | Settlement invites criticism from lawmakers | Microsoft settles bribery case | Election security to take back seat at Mueller testimony Election security to take back seat at Mueller hearing MORE (D-Fla.), a Judiciary Committee member who hadn't previously been vocal about impeachment, said, "I think we have enough" to move forward, according to a source on the call.
 
When asked if it was a growing number, Pelosi replied, "You would think so, [given] how it's amplified. I don't think it's a growing number."
 
"Some people are more eager for impeachment. Many more [are] eager to just follow the investigation," Pelosi said, noting that more than half the caucus sits on the six committees of jurisdiction investigating Trump.
 
In the meantime, Pelosi said Democrats will focus on their policy agenda, including areas where they could find bipartisan compromise with Trump. Pelosi said she plans to meet with Trump next week to discuss infrastructure legislation.
 
"We'll be meeting with the president next week when we come back to talk about what the prospect is for the size in terms of resources and scope of what that might be," Pelosi said.