House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) took to the cable shows on Sunday to do damage control after freshman Rep. Rashida Tlabib (D-MI) said at a gathering “We’re going to impeach that motherf*****.”
Pelosi said on CBS’s “Sunday Morning” that the Mueller investigation has yet to conclude and hinted that there was little the Democrats could do if they do not get Republican support in the Senate.
If the Democrats do decide to impeach President Trump after the Mueller investigation has concluded, they could do so with a simple majority vote in the House.
However, the Republicans picked up two seats in hte Senate in the midterms and 20 of them would need to defect and vote against Trump to remove him from office.
“If and when the time comes for impeachment,” Pelosi said, “it will have to be something that has such a crescendo in a bipartisan way.”
The comments by Tlabib shown the fractures inside the Democratic Party when it comes to the issue of impeaching Trump. In June, a CNN poll showed that 77 percent of Democrats favor impeaching President Trump.
But Pelosi and other experienced congressional Democrats are worried that pursuing impeachment without concrete evidence could come back to haunt them in 2020, like it did for Republicans after the Clinton proceedings in the late 90s.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the new chairman of the House Intelligence Committee seemed to share those concerns on Sunday morning as well.
“If the Republican senators, at least some of them, are not on board, then all you have is a failed impeachment, and I don’t think that benefits the country.,” he said.