House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump of trying to goad Democrats into pursuing impeachment but said her caucus is not taking the bait.
She said Trump’s vow not to work with Democrats on shared priorities such as rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure was rooted in frustration that “the House Democratic caucus is not on the path to impeachment and that’s where he wants us to be.”
Pelosi, who spoke at a news conference on Capitol Hill, said she believed Trump is “crying out” for impeachment and when he realized Democrats would not go that route “that’s why he flipped yesterday.” Trump walked out of a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday and said he would not work with House Democrats unless Pelosi suspends several investigations lawmakers have launched into his presidency and finances.
Pelosi also said she was concerned about the president’s well-being “and the well-being of the United States of America.”
Trump on Wednesday morning denied “raging” at the meeting and accused the Democrats and press of mischaracterizing his mood, which he said was “extremely calm.”
I was extremely calm yesterday with my meeting with Pelosi and Schumer, knowing that they would say I was raging, which they always do, along with their partner, the Fake News Media. Well, so many stories about the meeting use the Rage narrative anyway – Fake & Corrupt Press!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 23, 2019
“I wish him and his family, his administration and staff would have an intervention for the good of the country,” she said.
Later when a reporter brought up the intervention, Pelosi appeared to be joking when the 25th Amendment was brought up during an exchange with a reporter. The 25th amendment outlines a procedure if the president is removed from office.
“That’s a good idea,” she said. “I’ll take it up with my caucus, not that they haven’t been thinking about it.”
Democrats have been divided over the issue of impeachment following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. They have accused Trump of trying thwart that probe. Despite a growing clamor to begin an impeachment inquiry, Pelosi has sought to tamp down the calls, telling Democrats to focus on fact finding first.
But Pelosi has not ruled out impeachment, either.
On Wednesday she said “this president is obstructing justice and he is engaged in a cover up and that could be an impeachable offense.”
Source: USA Today