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 PelosiPelosi preparing for House to decide presidency if neither Trump or Biden win electoral college: report Trump seeks boost from seniors with 0 drug discount coupons GOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday didn't rule out the possibility of impeaching President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts 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) 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? On The Money: Anxious Democrats push for vote on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi, Mnuchin ready to restart talks | Weekly jobless claims increase | Senate treads close to shutdown deadline MORE (N.Y.), Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyEnding the Hyde Amendment is no longer on the backburner Fauci, Black Lives Matter founders included on Time's 100 Most Influential People list Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE (Mass.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOmar urges Democrats to focus on nonvoters over 'disaffected Trump voters' Omar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' 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 DemingsFlorida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Sunday shows - Trump team defends coronavirus response Demings slams GOP coronavirus relief bill: Americans 'deserve more than the crumbs from the table' 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.