Scalise on Democrats' calls for Trump impeachment: 'This has been their plan all along'

House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseScalise blasts Democratic legislation on gun reforms Liz Cheney calls for 'proportional military response' against Iran On The Money: Senate panel scraps vote on key spending bill amid standoff | Democrats threaten to vote against defense bill over wall funding | Trump set to meet with aides about reducing capital gains taxes MORE (R-La.) on Wednesday slammed new calls from some Democrats for President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE’s impeachment, saying they have hoped for the president's ouster since winning their House majority last year.

“This has been their plan all along. They’ve been pushing for impeachment since the day they won the majority,” he said in an appearance on Fox News.


“People aren’t going to stand for this. If they want to pursue this road, it’s going to be again, at the peril of their majority,” he added, saying impeachment is “the only way they can appease their radical left base.”

Scalise, a close ally of the president, hammered Democrats for focusing on impeachment rather than other legislative priorities.

“Frankly this isn’t what the American people elected them to do. So I think there’s going to be a heavy price for Democrats who go down this path. Look, they spent two years and over $30 million in taxpayer money lying, saying that there was proof of collusion, that there was proof of collusion. There was none of it,” he said.

Democratic calls for impeachment ramped up Wednesday after special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE held a rare press conference in which he maintained that he could not exonerate Trump of any crimes and that “the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.” 

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”

The special counsel wrote in his final report earlier this year that there was no evidence to suggest Trump conspired with Russia in its meddling in the 2016 election but that he would not make a prosecutorial judgment over whether the president obstructed subsequent probes into the interference.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPatagonia says to shut stores for a few hours during Global Climate Strike Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi unveils signature plan to lower drug prices | Trump says it's 'great to see' plan | Progressives pushing for changes Progressives push for changes to Pelosi drug pricing plan MORE (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders in the House have thus far beat back rank-and-file calls for impeachment, with the California Democrat on Wednesday only committing to continuing the House’s oversight efforts.

“The Congress holds sacred its constitutional responsibility to investigate and hold the President accountable for his abuse of power. The Congress will continue to investigate and legislate to protect our elections and secure our democracy. The American people must have the truth,” she said.