House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is reported to have cooled impeachment fires on Wednesday and is unwilling to pursue impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump at this time.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman, Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), called for impeachment proceedings against President Trump to be launched during a closed-door meeting on Wednesday. But it was only rejected by Pelosi, according to a report published by Politico.
At a caucus meeting following the testimony of special counsel Robert Mueller, Nadler was still anxious to begin drafting articles of impeachment and said House committee chairs could immediately begin doing so.
Pelosi reportedly said it was inappropriate to do so at this time, arguing for a “slow, methodical approach,” according to Politico.
Nadler was reportedly prepared for Pelosi’s objection, as he described to the speaker how his committee could proceed without the support of the full House. He could used the way of California Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman who has already filed articles of impeachment.
Pelosi argued that House Democrats should delay and see what findings emerge from federal court proceedings that attempt to reveal Trump’s personal finances and tax returns, Politico reported. She also noted that in a Republican-controlled Senate a successful impeachment would surely be defeated while causing Democrats failure in 2020.
It is reported that the meeting ended with general agreement on the need to enforce a subpoena against former White House counsel Don McGahn.
The appearance of Mueller was a disappointment to many Democrats as the former FBI director sometimes stumbled, even seeming uncertain about the content of his 448-page report.
During a press conference on Wednesday, Pelosi said the testimony was an “indictment” of Republicans’ “cone of silence,” but rejected calls to launch impeachment proceedings against the president.
“My position has always been [that] whatever decision we make in that regard would have to be done with our strongest possible hand, and we still have some outstanding matters in the courts,” Pelosi told reporters, arguing that Democrats needed more information before considering impeachment.
President Trump responded by citing some posts in his tweet on Thursday morning:
…impeachment, you have a Party of one. It’s over.” @kilmeade “Nancy said, Jerry, please sit down. Very bad idea. We discovered that after putting so much time & energy into the Mueller Report, it turns out Mueller didn’t know what was in his Report.” @SteveDoocy @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2019