House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered one of her strongest rebukes of the Trump presidency on Tuesday, telling her Democratic colleagues on Capitol Hill to allow time for the president to “self-impeach” before spearheading efforts to remove him from office just months into his tenure in Washington.
The Democratic lawmaker warned talks of impeachment are a “big deal” to raise so soon into a president’s time in power, though Donald Trump could be well on his way as a federal probe into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election ramps up under special counsel Robert Mueller.
“It’s a big deal to talk about impeachment,” Pelosi told Democrats Tuesday, multiple sources relayed to Politico. “I think he’s going to self-impeach.”
Pelosi’s comments followed a discussion over the second draft article of impeachment from Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman, who joined Texas Congressman Al Green in his official call on the House floor to impeach Trump over obstruction of justice.
Democrats have repeatedly pointed to Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey and subsequent statements to the news media that he dismissed the head of the agency while considering the FBI investigation into Russia’s meddling in last year’s election, as an example of the president interfering with a federal probe into his campaign and new administration.
But Democratic leaders like Pelosi, as well as influencers within the party like Massachusetts Rep. Mike Capuano, have steered clear from discussing removing the president from office, noting the potential implications the exhaustive political process could have if Democrats were the only group calling for it.