Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday defended her stance against a number of her fellow House Democrats, saying Americans do not support impeaching President Donald Trump yet.
“The public isn’t there on impeachment,” Pelosi said on a conference call, which she held to discuss with House Democrats how to spend the remaining summer recess, the Washington Examiner reported.
The speaker was responding to Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) who asked how to answer questions from her district constituents about the president’s impeachment.
Pelosi is not ready to launch impeachment proceedings, but she told Democrats they would move quickly if they opened an inquiry.
“It’s your voice and constituency, but give me the leverage I need to make sure that we’re ready and it is as strong as it can be,” Pelosi told Coleman.
“The equities we have to weigh are our responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution and to be unifying and not dividing. But if and when we act, people will know he gave us no choice,” she said.
Pelosi said “No” on impeachment though 133 out of 235 House Democrats have so far signed on to an inquiry.
Her conference call was held one day after a new poll released by Monmouth University showed 59% of Americans oppose impeachment in the August survey, the highest percentage since July 2017.
The House of Representatives on July 17 also struck down the proposed articles of impeachment against President Trump by a vote of 332-95-1.
President Trump at that time questioned how the congressmen could impeach a president who has led the greatest economic boom in the history of the United States, the best job numbers, biggest tax reduction, rebuilt military, and much more.