Pelosi: Move to impeach Trump now would be premature

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Nancy Pelosi, US House Speaker, on Thursday said that President Donald Trump threw a temper tantrum as a meeting with Democratic congressional leaders a day earlier and that she wished his family or staff would conduct “an intervention” with him for the good of the country.

Pelosi accused Trump of obstruction of justice, which she said is an impeachable offense.

Speaking to reporters Pelosi said,”Again, I pray for the president of the United States. I wish that his family, or his administration, or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country”.

Democrats, who control the House, and Trump are engaged in a high-stakes power struggle over their ability to investigate him, with the president stonewalling multiple investigations of him by congressional committees.

The probes range from whether Trump obstructed justice during Special Counsel Robert Muller’s inquiry into Russian election meddling to his personal finances and businesses.

According to Pelosi: “I do think impeachment is a very divisive place to go,” Pelosi told a news conference when asked about how Democrats plan to proceed. But she added the facts could lead to a place that makes impeachment “unavoidable”.

Even though Trump has indicated that he is not willing to engage in bipartisan work on legislation as long as House Democrats are investigating him, both Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday challenged Republicans in Congress to leave the Republican president behind and continue working on legislation without him if he is unwilling to engage.