After a morning meeting with her Democratic caucus who is divided on impeachment, Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of being engaged in a cover up:
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) May 22, 2019
She’s referring to the stonewalling of the Trump administration over not allowing witnesses like Don McGahn to come before the House. McGahn was a no-show yesterday after Trump told him to ignore his subpoena.
Now despite this harsh language from Pelosi, the Daily Mail is reporting that Pelosi is NOT going to pursue impeachment:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she will not proceed with impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump amid pressure from some in her party to do just that.
I’ve read their article twice and they give no quotes from Pelosi on this nor explain when exactly she said it.
And I can find no other source that reports Pelosi making these comments, at least so explicitly.
However according to Politico, it does appear that she has not been persuaded by her divided caucus on impeachment:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi appealed to House Democrats Wednesday to hold off on beginning impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, but she faced demands from colleagues to take more aggressive action against Trump — including a direct plea from a committee chairwoman who said Democrats have a “responsibility to impeach” him.
Sources in the room said Pelosi sat stoically while House Financial Service Chairwoman Maxine Waters — a longtime impeachment advocate — broached the subject in front of the 235-member caucus, during a closed door meeting in the Capitol.
Waters told colleagues the House has a responsibility to impeach Trump, and she mentioned her own efforts to access Trump’s financial records from Deutsche Bank. Pelosi responded by pointing to various House committees’ efforts to win court battles against Trump and hold administration figures accountable without taking more dramatic steps. But other advocates for beginning impeachment also spoke up.
“Betting everything on the election is a historic mistake,” said Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), a proponent of impeachment.
“Please don’t raise money off your impeachment stance,” Pelosi said after Huffman spoke.
But other Democratic leaders held firm that impeachment had ramifications for the upcoming election.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) warned that there could be a political cost of moving too quickly on impeachment, and House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal said his committee had taken a responsible approach to pursuing Trump’s tax returns.
Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) spoke forcefully against opening an impeachment inquiry immediately. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) advocated for the House to invoke “inherent” contempt, a little-used tool to exact fines or jail time on witnesses who refuse to cooperate with House investigations.
After the meeting, Democratic leaders emerged arguing that the speaker’s position had been strengthened.
It does sound like Pelosi has some veteran allies on her side of not pursuing impeachment proceedings against Trump – yet.
But I do expect it to happen at some point before the election. Pelosi herself has been advocating for impeachment since Trump stepped into office but was flummoxed by Mueller finding no collusion. Now she’s having to be more cautious to avoid a backfire in the elections next year that could cost Democrats the House.