Nancy Pelosi has made a statement in which she says that impeaching President Trump is not on the agenda for the Democrats, unless it’s something that the Republican’s want. It would also depend on the outcome of the Robert Mueller investigation.
The Democrats won back the House in Tuesday’s midterm elections, but Pelosi, who is expected to step into the role of House Leader says that impeachment is “not what our caucus is about”.
It looks unlikely that the President’s party will want to impeach Trump, with exit polls claiming just 5% of Republicans want him out. On the other hand, 77% of self-identified Democrats supported impeachment along with 33% of independent voters.
In total, 40% of voters want Trump impeached, according to exit polls, and although not a majority, this is much higher support for impeachment than most presidents face, including President Bill Clinton who was impeached in 1998.
Pelosi did seem to concede that should the Mueller investigation leave no room for doubt that foreign governments, including Russia, did interfere with the 2016 presidential election, then the Democrats may begin impeachment proceedings.
Pelosi said that the evidence “would have to be so conclusive”.