Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is not taking impeachment off the table.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, the House speaker again declined to dismiss the idea that she could use impeachment as a procedural roadblock against the confirmation of President Donald Trump’s recently announced Supreme Court pick, Amy Coney Barrett, Breitbart reported.
“Yes or no?”
In recent days, Pelosi has appeared to dance around the question of whether she would consider impeaching Attorney General Bill Barr, or even impeaching President Trump a second time, to stop a Republican push to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court.
In an interview, Tapper noted that Pelosi sounded “resigned” to Barrett’s eventual confirmation and asked whether she would consider impeaching Barr, a move endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Pelosi demurred, sticking to her party’s warnings that Barrett would threaten health care.
“Well, I’m not familiar with what suggestion of the distinguished congresswoman made,” she said, according to Breitbart.
Tapper pressed the matter. “But yes or no, you’re not planning on bringing an impeachment of Attorney General Barr?”
“Well, what is the use of talking about that?” Pelosi responded. “What we’re talking about is the price the Republican senators will pay if they vote to overturn the pre-existing medical condition, which they’ve been out to get as well as the president had been out to overturn. Now I’m not into the process. I’m into the policy.”
“We do too”
Pelosi and her fellow Democrats impeached Trump over a phone call with Ukraine last year, and Republicans eventually acquitted him of all charges, The New York Times reported. Democrats have long treated Barr like a rhetorical punching bag as well, more than once threatening to impeach him while likening the AG to Trump’s “henchman.”
While it may seem like a stretch, Pelosi intimated in another recent interview that impeachment was a weapon in her “quiver,” declining to rule it out. But she later said that Trump wasn’t “worth the trouble.”
It sounds like Pelosi is keeping things vague, although she seems more comfortable with a policy-directed message than taking the drastic action of impeachment — wisely, one might add.
Meanwhile, Pelosi’s Republican counterpart, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), has threatened to take away the speaker’s gavel if she crosses the Rubicon (again), according to the New York Post.
“She may think she has a quiver,” he said. “We do too.”