Graham: Pelosi's job is at risk

Republican Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamUS defense chief says Taliban deal 'looks very promising' but not without risk Lawmakers wary as US on cusp of initial deal with Taliban Graham requests interviews with DOJ, FBI officials as part of probe into Russia investigation MORE (S.C.) said Sunday that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: 'I'm not counting Joe Biden out' Short defends Trump's tweets as a 'very effective way' to communicate with Americans Democrats fear rule of law crumbling under Trump MORE's (D-Calif.) job is at risk.

"Her job is very much at risk," Graham, a staunch defender of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE, said on "Fox News Sunday." "Nancy Pelosi is riding a bucking, wild bronco called the Democratic caucus."

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"Seventy percent of the Democratic base wants President Trump impeached. She knows that impeachment would be political suicide because there’s no reason to impeach the president. So she’s trying to keep the party intact. If she goes down the impeachment road, Republicans take back the House, we keep the Senate, President Trump gets reelected."

Pelosi has faced increased pressure from many members of her party in recent weeks to launch impeachment proceedings against the president.

The California lawmaker, however, has maintained that beginning proceedings is premature.

Trump and Pelosi engaged in a war of words all last week.

The president said he would not work with Democrats on their legislative priorities unless they end their investigations, which he views as an attempted “redo” of 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 probe.

He walked out of a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerBarr to testify before House Judiciary panel Graham won't call Barr to testify over Roger Stone sentencing recommendation Roger Stone witness alleges Trump targeted prosecutors in 'vile smear job' MORE (D-N.Y.) moments after Pelosi said Democrats think Trump is engaging in a “cover-up” by refusing to cooperate with investigations.

The Democratic leader later said that she thinks Trump is “just crying out” for Democrats to launch impeachment proceedings against him as a way to distract from scandals plaguing his administration. 

“Per usual, the Senator has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about,” Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, told The Hill in an email.

--This report was updated at 12:40 p.m.