Pelosi says no to growing calls for impeachment of Trump


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) speaks at a panel on healthcare in Monterey Park. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

As calls for Trump impeachment grow louder, Pelosi tries to focus on healthcare//Crimson Tazvinzwa

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi continues to refuse calls for impeachment proceedings to begin, despite the speaker stating she believes that Donald Trump has been involved in a criminal cover-up. Joy Reid and her panel discuss how the Democratic base appears to be increasingly alienated by House Democrats refusing to impeach the president, and what their logic might be.

After a panel discussion on the Democrats’ health policy agenda in Monterey Park on Monday, Pelosi deflected questions about impeachment from reporters and said the news media were placing “a great deal of attention” on the topic.“What we’re doing is legislating. We’ve sent bills to the Senate that talk about our Dreamers, we’ve sent bills to the Senate that talk about gun violence prevention,” Pelosi said, adding that she believes those issues are “unifying, they’re not dividing for our country.”

Minutes after the event concluded, Orange County freshman Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) announced in a video that she supports opening an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

The conflicting messages provide a preview of the ongoing struggle House leaders face as they try to contain talk of impeachment this summer. More than a quarter of Democrats in the House have publicly supported opening an impeachment inquiry, 14 of them from California.