Democratic congressional leader Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that US President Donald Trump would welcome impeachment proceedings against him -- but that her party is not ready to take the “very divisive” step.
Her comments came on day two of a very public war of words between the speaker of the House of Representatives and Trump, who have sparred before -- but not at this level.
According to Pelosi, Trump’s strategy is to get his opponents to commit themselves to impeachment -- a process that would almost certainly pass in the House, and then fail in the Republican-controlled Senate.
“The White House is just crying out for impeachment,” she told journalists.
According to Pelosi, Trump is “disappointed” that the Democrats are holding off for now, even as they intensify their investigations into the president’s links to Russia and his alleged obstruction of justice.
“We can get the facts to the American people through our investigation,” she told reporters, referring to ongoing congressional probes that Trump is attempting to block.