"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 said.
It wasn't Ms Pelosi's first comment on impeaching Mr Trump, but it was her most direct comment.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib of MI, who took office demanding her fellow Democrats "impeach the [expletive]", and who renewed her push as recently as Friday, dialed back after Mrs. Pelosi's comments, saying she's content with investigations for now.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Huntington Tri-State Airport in Huntington, West Virginia, U.S., November 2, 2018. Congress should wait until special prosecutor Robert Mueller finishes his report, Langevin says, but "impeachment is not something I believe should be on our radar right now".
Speaking to CNN Monday night, Schiff, who has been the Democrats' point man on investigations into the Trump White House, the Trump campaign, and the Trump corporation, devoting hundreds of man hours to subpoenaing and questioning witnesses and collecting documents, denied that impeachment is the end game.
Green does not have a timetable for when the next impeachment vote would take place.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has become notorious for calling for impeachment since the day Trump was elected president.
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House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings said impeachment "has to be a bipartisan effort, and right now it's not there".
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat of NY, made a similar point: "We did not run on impeachment. And he's just not worth it", Pelosi told the Post. Last week, House committees led by Democrats launched a series of new investigations against the president.
If a second Trump term is so risky - something Pelosi literally believes the country might not be able to withstand - isn't allowing him to stay in office another two years similarly perilous?
Similarly, Democratic strategist David Burstein told The Epoch Times that he sees two factors at play in Pelosi's comments.
The main thing a rush into impeachment proceedings will accomplish (other than vindicating Tom Steyer's investment in boosting impeachment sentiment) is to raise false expectations among millions of rank-and-file Democrats that Trump will be dragged kicking and screaming out of office. Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who said last week that she's planning to introduce articles of impeachment against Trump this month, seemed to stay on that course after Pelosi's comments. Pelosi knows that a partisan rush to impeachment raises the risk of alienating voters in those moderate parts of the country.
"If we hadn't talked about impeachment, imagine what this president would have done", Sherman says. She knows that we need to be a unified force behind a true Democrat that appeals to every corner of the party.
"If he's that bad, and if he's that unfit, then we ought to do something about it now", Green said on Facebook.
"If they're going to win in 2020 it'll have to be that approach again".