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

House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseTrump knocks Democrats on 'Open Borders' House passes .5B border funding bill Pelosi, Democratic leaders seek to quell liberal revolt over border bill MORE (R-La.) on Wednesday slammed new calls from some Democrats for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump campaign buys full page ads in Miami newspapers ahead of Dem debates Trump administration's 'forced diplomacy' with Iran isn't working Roy Moore trails Republican field in Alabama 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 MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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 PelosiTrump knocks Democrats on 'Open Borders' The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? Democrats already jockeying for House leadership posts 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.