House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told The Washington Post in an interview published Monday that she does not want to impeach President Donald Trump.
Pelosi's anti-impeachment stance puts her in opposition to a vocal wing of the Democratic Party that has made President Trump's removal from office a central issue.
"I'm not for impeachment. ... Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country," Pelosi told The Post's Joe Helm. "And he's just not worth it."
Why would she say that?
Pelosi's answer on impeachment shows that she understands how futile an impeachment effort would be without any concrete charges and with a Republican Senate that is likely to remain loyal to the president.
It also lines up with conventional political wisdom as explained by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who warned Democrats before midterms that recklessly attacking the president with investigations or impeachment could backfire.
"It worked exactly the opposite," McConnell said in October of Republican efforts to impeach former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. "The public got mad at us and felt sympathy for President Clinton."
No grounds for impeachment yet
House Democrats are aggressively investigating President Trump, his family, and others associated with him, in addition to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign.
Still, nobody has found anything against Trump that appears significant enough that it could potentially lead to an impeachment conviction.
Mueller's investigation, which has ensnared several of President Trump's associates, is reportedly nearing a conclusion, and there is some belief that the findings, if they're even made public, could be underwhelming.
Michael Cohen, President Trump's former personal attorney, testified twice before the House Intelligence Committee, but even Democrats don't believe Cohen's testimony has enough credibility to build an investigation on.