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 PelosiOvernight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Democrats haggle as deal comes into focus Dem hopes for infrastructure vote hit brick wall MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday didn't rule out the possibility of impeaching President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's report outlining instances in which the president may have obstructed justice.
 
 
Some House Democrats, including progressive freshman Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled Republican spin on Biden is off the mark House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPaid family leave proposal at risk The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Democrats inch closer to legislative deal Six big off-year elections you might be missing MORE (Mass.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar targeted by suspicious substance deemed not hazardous Omar, Klobuchar lead charge seeking Congressional Gold Medal for Prince Dozens of Democrats call for spending bill to pass 'climate test' 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 DemingsRep. Brown to run for Maryland attorney general Senate GOP campaign arm outraises Democratic counterpart in September Two senior House Democrats to retire 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.