So Nancy Pelosi is correct to say that expending significant energy on impeachment would be pointless and divisive.
"He's just not worth it", she added.
Together, Pelosi and Schiff's remarks are created to signal to outspoken Democrats in the House that senior lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled House aren't behind any drive to impeach Trump.
Trump and his associates face multiple investigations, including one headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that is looking into Russian influence on the 2016 United States election and potential collusion between Trump's team and Moscow.
"By sending this signal that Democrats won't impeach, reasoning goes that will make it more likely that the report will get released publicly".
The remarks quickly sparked criticism of Pelosi from liberals on social media.
Pelosi told NBC on Monday that she's "always been opposed" to impeachment.
Asked whether Trump had done anything good for America, Pelosi had a few more barbs handy: "He's been a great organizer for Democrats, a great fundraiser for democrats and a great mobilizer at the grass-roots level for Democrats".
A momentous question hanging over Washington is whether investigations into President Donald Trump will prompt the U.S. Congress to try to remove him from office through the impeachment process set out in the U.S. Constitution.
At its crux is whether Democrats should proceed with impeachment hearings if Republicans refuse to join in that endeavour.
Recently her calls have been joined by Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), one of two Muslim women elected to Congress in November, who vowed in January to work to "impeach the motherf**ker". "I think we'll see".
Donald Trump should not be impeached unless the reasons are overwhelming and bipartisan, given how divisive it would be for the country, the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has said.
But in her latest comments to the Washington Post, she stated flat out that she is "not for" impeachment unless the evidence reaches a threshold of being both compelling and bipartisan.
In other words, Pelosi recognizes that as things now stand, an attempt at impeachment would be more politically damaging for Democrats than for President Donald Trump.
"We did not run on impeachment".
But to leave that determination concerning a Republican president up to Republicans is to effectively cede the power Democrats won in the 2018 election to hold Trump accountable. Others aren't giving up their push to impeach him.
But he told ABC News that ahead of any impeachment proceedings, lawmakers would need to convince the American public that members were "not just trying to. reverse the results of the last election".
Pramila Jayapal, co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, agreed, arguing that voters "really are angry about what is perceived to be happening in the White House" and that Congress has an "obligation" to see where the facts lead. "I thought it was absolutely brilliant", Cummings said.
Democrats control the House today because they were able to win previous year in places such as Orange County, Calif. Timing, Raskin said, "becomes more of a factor" in impeachment as elections near.
California Democrat Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee was among Pelosi's defenders.