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 PelosiMalaysia says it will choose 5G partners based on own standards, not US recommendations Pelosi warns allies against using Huawei Budget hawks frustrated by 2020 politics in entitlement reform fight MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday didn't rule out the possibility of impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press 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 MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's report outlining instances in which the president may have obstructed justice.
 
 
Some House Democrats, including progressive freshman Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Democratic demolition derby Julián Castro endorses Rep. Cuellar's primary opponent in Texas Overnight Energy: Controversial Trump adviser reportedly returning to EPA | Delta aims to be first carbon neutral airline | Dem senator gives EPA D-minus on 'forever chemicals' MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyTlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech Pressley slams trolls over alopecia comments Pramila Jayapal endorses Democrat Henry Cuellar's primary challenger MORE (Mass.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech Key House Democrat says Perez must go: 'He doesn't lead on anything' Democrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' 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 DemingsTrump set to confront his impeachment foes Live coverage: Senators query impeachment managers, Trump defense Trump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book's claims 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.