House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) provided some resistance to a movement to impeach Trump on Thursday. The impeachment movement, which is led by Democratic donor Tom Steyer, is a premature effort according to Pelosi because special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's interference with the 2016 presidential election is still ongoing.
“Whether or not the president should be impeached is a matter that is being dealt with in the Justice Department,” Pelosi argued during a press briefing in the Capitol.
“I don't know that they're talking about impeachment, but whether they have the facts and the law to make a determination of how they go forward — we don't have that information.”
Pelosi's statement comes just as the Democratic electoral base is building up an effort to pressure the Democrats to support an impeachment attempt. The major push to impeach the President outside of Congress is being led by Steyer, a billionaire and environmentalist. Steyer has been spending significant sums of money on national TV ads and promoting his case.
Steyer has also conducted many town hall meetings across the country. Notably, this campaign is set to take him to Iowa, which is the home to the first primary elections of the 2020 presidential race.
On Thursday, Pelosi said that while Steyer has a right to speak freely, Democrats are not beholden to their donors. She added that wealth does not buy loyalty.
“We don't sit around thinking about how we deal with our donors,” she said. “We have our position and our responsibility here.
“What we're talking about is how we strengthen the financial stability of America's working families,” she added. “That's where we have our unity in the party.”
Democrats have often discouraged impeachment efforts due to the fact that it could lead to the politicizing of the ongoing investigations into Russian interference during the elections and the possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
“You cannot pursue a case for impeachment without the underlying factual basis for that impeachment,” Representative Linda Sánchez (D-California) said. “And we are confident that if the independent counsel is allowed to move forward, that we will have facts in hand at some point and can make a determination then.”
An effort by Representative Al Green (D-Texas) to impeach Trump has forced two floor votes on the issue. In the most recent vote, in January, there were 66 Democratic supporters. Pelosi acknowledged the effort but downplayed its importance.
H/T: The Hill