House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) seems to have a very broad understanding of the term “impeachment.”
After starting speculation that she could impeach Donald Trump a second time, Pelosi claimed on the New York Times podcast “Sway” that Trump commits impeachable offenses practically on a daily basis.
Pelosi not deterred by failed impeachment
Pelosi impeached Trump last year, over what Trump called a “perfect” phone call with Ukraine. At the time, Trump and his allies characterized the impeachment as a frivolous, naked power grab, and Republicans eventually cleared Trump of all charges.
Despite that embarrassing denouement, Pelosi’s cavalier attitude toward “high crimes and misdemeanors” doesn’t seem to have changed very much.
In an interview with New York Times contributor Kara Swisher, Pelosi was challenged to explain what she is doing in her power as Speaker to counter Trump, particularly as the president vows to appoint a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“What is your power to do this? I get the election, but you can get up more. You can speak out more. You can do more impeachments, things like that. Do you have enough power?” Swisher asked.
“Well, we can impeach him every day of the week for anything he does,” Pelosi said, mentioning the coronavirus as one cause for impeachment.
Trump: Try me!
While Pelosi might have been aiming for sarcasm, she told Swisher that she has “arrows in my quiver” and that “one of my arrows is not to say what the arrows are,” (jump to 7:20 in podcast), echoing comments she made the day before on ABC. The speaker demurred on the topic of impeachment under questioning from George Stephanopoulos, only saying that she would use every tool available to stop Trump from filling Ginsburg’s vacant seat.
“We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” she said.
For his part, President Trump has appeared to relish the threat, predicting electoral disaster for the Democrats if Pelosi follows through.
“Now they want to impeach me again if I nominate somebody as I’m constitutionally obligated to do to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States,” Trump told supporters in Ohio.
“Go ahead. I want them to do that. I want them to do that.”