House Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn’t rule out the possibility of impeaching President Donald Trump while stressing that House Democrats should focus on pursuing their investigations.

“I do believe that impeachment is one of the most divisive forces, paths that we could go down to in our country. But if the facts, the path, fact-finding takes us there, we have no choice. But we’re not there yet,” Pelosi said at the TIME 100 Summit.

“It may be a place that the facts take us,” she added. “We shouldn’t impeach for a political reason, and we shouldn’t not impeach for a political reason.”

During a conference call with Democrats, Pelosi said, “if that’s the place the facts take us, that’s the place we have to go.”

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“We have to save our democracy,” the speaker continued. “This isn’t about Democrats or Republicans. It’s about saving our democracy.”


The nearly hour-and-a-half call was the first time Democrats had all spoken following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the investigation into Russian election interference.

The 448-page report detailed multiple contacts between Russian operatives and Trump associates during the 2016 campaign but investigators did not find evidence of a criminal conspiracy. The report documented a series of actions by Trump to derail the special counsel’s investigation, although it did not reach a conclusion on whether he illegally sought to obstruct justice.

Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, both 2020 presidential candidates, have said in recent days that they think Trump should be impeached.

Though, Trump feels quite differently. “Only high crimes and misdemeanors can lead to impeachment. There were no crimes by me (No Collusion, No Obstruction), so you can’t impeach. It was the Democrats that committed the crimes, not your Republican President! Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!,” he tweeted Monday.

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