Pelosi And Hoyer Declare Trump's Impeachment is 'Off The Table'
Democrats crushed following a big political wake up call
Pelosi announced the decision to abandon impeachment proceedings on a call with House leaders Tuesday morning.
The House Speaker told 170 Democratic Members of Congress that the House would instead focus on investigating Trump, and let voters decide in 2020.
Pelosi told her colleagues "we have to save our democracy."
"This isn’t about Democrats or Republicans. It’s about saving our democracy. If it is what we need to do to honor our responsibility to the Constitution – if that’s the place the facts take us, that’s the place we have to go," she said.
Pelosi added that the "facts" don't point to removing the President from office quite yet.
"We don’t have to go to articles of impeachment to obtain the facts, the presentation of facts.”
But Pelosi got into greater detail in a letter.
“While our views range from proceeding to investigate the findings of the Mueller report or proceeding directly to impeachment, we all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the truth,” Pelosi wrote.
“It is also important to know that the facts regarding holding the president accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings.”
This is unbelievably disappointing. Even if you don't ultimately pursue impeachment proceedings, why on Earth would you say this today?— Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) April 18, 2019
Part of the American people making a judgment in 2020 requires a full account of the President's criminality and abuse of power. https://t.co/DB634jA2Fq
The Steny Hoyer quote is just unreal.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 18, 2019
So now political leaders get to break whatever laws they want in order to boost their power and it's all good b/c if the voters get mad they can vote against them afterwards.— Hunter (@HunterDK) April 18, 2019
If only there were hundreds of years of historical precedent on what happens right after that. https://t.co/lpJmky9LsL
"Whether currently indictable or not," she added, "it is clear that the president has, at a minimum, engaged in highly unethical and unscrupulous behavior which does not bring honor to the office he holds."
The letter suggests Pelosi wants to spend the run up to 2020 investigating Trump.
In March, Pelosi argued that pushing to impeach Trump it is helping rather than hurting him.
She acknowledged that the Democrats don't have anything on Trump as she announced that she is longer working to impeach him.
A Former White House press secretary under President Bill Clinton echoed Pelosi's sentiment insisting that Democrats need to abandon pushing to impeach President Donald Trump because keeping him in office will annihilate the Republican Party.
“Mr. Trump is three years into destroying what we know as the Republican Party. Another two years just might finish it off. Trumpism has become Republicanism, and that spells electoral doom for the party,” Joe Lockhart, wrote in a New York Times op-ed on Monday.
Lockart suggested that Trump deserves to be impeached because he is unfit for office, but if Democrats hold back while he finishes his term it would be more beneficial to them.