Pelosi Urges Dems to Hold Off on Impeachment

'This isn't about Democrats or Republicans. It's about saving our democracy'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 23, 2019 2:59 AM CDT
Elizabeth Warren was e the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to call for the House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump after the release of special counsel...   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
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(Newser) – Democratic lawmakers eager to begin impeachment proceedings against President Trump in the wake of the Mueller report were disappointed Monday night. Sources tell the Washington Post that in a conference call with lawmakers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other senior Democrats said there were no immediate plans for impeachment. The sources say Pelosi urged lawmakers to support the ongoing investigations of the president, saying: "We have to save our democracy. This isn’t about Democrats or Republicans. It’s about saving our democracy." In a letter to lawmakers earlier Monday, Pelosi said that it is clear that Trump, at a minimum, has "engaged in highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior which does not bring honor to the office he holds," but Congress has more than one way to proceed.

In the letter, Pelosi urged lawmakers to focus on the facts instead of resorting to "passion or prejudice," the AP reports. During the 90-minute call, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told lawmakers about how the committee's own investigation of Trump was unfolding, sources tell the New York Times. Minutes before the call, Nadler's committee subpoenaed former White House counsel Don McGahn. Some Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Jared Huffman of California, spoke in support of impeachment and urged their colleagues to consider the political cost of not holding the president accountable for the actions described in the special counsel's report, sources say. In a tweet Monday, Trump said: "Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment. There were no crimes by me ... so you can’t impeach." (Read more Trump impeachment stories.)

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