Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says impeaching the president is not enough
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has told senior Democrats that merely pushing to impeach the president is not enough, as she wants to see Trump “in prison,” according to reports.
Pelosi made the demand during a contentious meeting with other top members Democratic Party, over whether to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump, a report said.
According to Politico, Pelosi clashed with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler during the Dems’ meeting when the two spoke about whether to allow Nadler’s committee to begin impeachment proceedings.
“I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison,” Pelosi said, the newspaper reported.
A spokeswoman for Pelosi told The New York Post the speaker and the chairman “had a productive meeting about the state of play with the Mueller report.”
“They agreed to keep all options on the table and continue to move forward with an aggressive hearing and legislative strategy, as early as next week, to address the president’s corruption and abuses of power uncovered in the report,” the spokeswoman, Ashley Etienne, said.
Nadler has been outspoken about his intention to start an inquiry into whether Trump’s conduct warrants impeachment proceedings.
“We are investigating all of the things we would investigate, frankly, in an impeachment inquiry,” Nadler told CNN on Tuesday.
Nadler paused however when asked if he and Pelosi were “on the same page.”
When Democrats make a decision on their next move, however, “Nancy will have the largest single voice in it,” Nadler added.
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) were also present for the meeting.
Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) — a vocal impeachment supporter whose panel is probing Trump’s finances — was not in attendance.
Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and other top Democrats met with Nadler separately that night as he again unsuccessfully argued for opening an impeachment inquiry.
But other Democrats argue that the public wouldn’t understand the difference between an inquiry and actual impeachment, which would only further muddle the party’s message in the run-up to the election.
Pelosi’s comment wasn’t that surprising given her previous criticisms of the president.
Speaker Pelosi has recently claimed that Trump “is engaged in a cover-up,” that his staff and family should stage an “intervention“ and that the president’s actions “are villainous to the Constitution of the United States.”