Pelosi rules out another round of impeachment hearings
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that she is no longer considering a new round of impeachment charges against President Donald Trump, a move some thought would be taken to delay a Supreme Court appointment.
“I don’t think he’s worth the trouble at this point,” Pelosi said on Thursday.
Previously, Pelosi told ABC that House Democrats were exploring all options in regards to the supreme court vacancy and the president stating he might not peacefully accept the election results.
“We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country,” Pelosi said. “This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election. Our main goal would be to protect the integrity of the election as we protect the people from the coronavirus.”
When asked if one of those options was impeachment, the Speaker repeated that they must use every arrow in their quiver.
“We have a responsibility,” Pelosi said. “We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people. When we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy, it requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy took serious issue with Pelosi’s comments and said if she tries to impeach the president again that Republicans will make a move to attempt to remove her from the speakership.
“I will make you this one promise, listening to the speaker on television this weekend, if she tries to move for an impeachment based upon the president following the Constitution, I think there will be a move on the floor to no longer have the question of her being speaker. She may think she has a quiver, we do too,” McCarthy said. “The president is supposed to move forward and they will. The Senate is supposed to take the action and they will – it’s their Constitutional right and they are following through.”
It is growing less likely that Congress will remain in D.C. prior to the election to work towards another COVID relief bill. With all eyes on a new Supreme Court Justice, it is unlikely the two sides will devote any time to other legislative measures. Instead, members will likely want to spend as much time as possible on the campaign trail in hopes of increasing their parties’ chances of victory in November.
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