US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is setting a high bar for impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he is “just not worth it”, even as some on her left flank clamour to start proceedings.
Ms Pelosi has told The Washington Post that “I’m not for impeachment” of Mr Trump.
“Unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country,” she said.
While she has made similar comments before, Ms Pelosi is making clear to her caucus and to voters that Democrats will not move forward quickly with trying to remove Mr Trump from office.
It’s a departure from her previous comments that Democrats are waiting on special counsel Robert Mueller to lay out findings from his Russia investigation before considering impeachment.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said “I agree” in response to Ms Pelosi’s words.
Ms Sanders added of impeachment: “I don’t think it should have ever been on the table.”
Ms Pelosi has long resisted calls to impeach the President, saying it’s a “divisive” issue that should only be broached with “great care”.