A fierce political battle has erupted in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death last week, with Senate Republicans set to press forward with a confirmation vote for President Donald Trump’s nominee before the end of his first term. Democrats have vowed to use any tools at their disposal to disrupt the process — potentially including impeachment.
While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) initially led some to speculate that she would possibly be on board with another effort to impeach the president, she backed away from the idea in subsequent remarks, as reported by Fox News.
“We have our options”
The speaker initially addressed the topic during an ABC News interview on Thursday.
According to Breitbart, George Stephanopoulos broached the issue of impeachment as a potential reaction to the current Supreme Court nomination battle. Pelosi did not explicitly rule the option out.
“Well, we have our options,” Pelosi reportedly said at the time. “We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country.”
Stephanopoulos pressed her further to confirm that she would not exclude any of those available options.
“Yeah, we have a responsibility,” she said. “We’ve taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people. That is when we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.”
“An enormous amount of lawbreaking”
Days later, however, the House speaker specifically backed off from any threat of another impeachment trial.
“I don’t think he’s worth the trouble at this point,” she told reporters on Thursday, according to Fox News. Of course, she is not the only House Democrat to signal an apparent willingness to consider impeachment.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) appeared with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) in a press conference during which she claimed that “there has been an enormous amount of lawbreaking in the Trump administration.”
She went on to call Attorney General William Barr “unfit for office” and that Democrats in the chamber “must consider, again, all of the tools available to our disposal and that all of these options should be entertained and on the table.”
While an extreme statement from Ocasio-Cortez is nothing new, Pelosi’s apparent backpedaling might indicate that her party is realizing that most voters are not interested in seeing the country dragged through another impeachment ordeal.