This has been quite the week for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
During her weekly press conference on Thursday, Pelosi backed off her previous suggestions and said she’s not considering a fresh round of impeachment charges against President Donald Trump.
A reporter asked Pelosi if she is considering a formal rebuke of Trump’s remarks over a peaceful transfer of power.
“I don’t think he’s worth the trouble at this point,” she told reporters.
Pelosi is asked if she's considering a formal rebuke of President Trump's remarks this week refusing to commit to a peaceful transfer of power.
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On two separate occasions, Pelosi flirted with the idea of impeaching President Donald Trump or Attorney General William Barr as a delay tactic to prevent the Senate from confirming Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
During an interview with the New York Times, Pelosi told Kara Swisher that the House of Representatives can impeach President Donald Trump “every day of the week for anything he does.”
She also flirted with impeachment last Sunday.
During an interview on ABC, Pelosi refused to rule out the possibility of House Democrats launching an impeachment proceeding against Trump in response to the president nominating someone to fill Ginsburg’s seat.
Trump wants to move ahead with the process of confirming a new justice. Democrats want Trump to wait until after the election in the hope that Joe Biden will win.
ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Pelosi whether the House might revisit impeaching Trump.
“Some have mentioned the possibility if they try to push through a nominee in a lame-duck session that you and the House can move to impeach President Trump or Attorney General Barr as a way of stalling and preventing the Senate from acting on this nomination,” he said.
“Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country,” she replied.
She then claimed that Trump “has threatened to not even accept the results of the election with statements that he and his henchmen have made.”
Stephanopoulos tried to focus on impeachment.
“But to be clear, you’re not taking any arrows out of your quiver, you’re not ruling anything out?” he asked.
“Good morning. Sunday morning,” Pelosi joked. “Yeah. We have a responsibility. We’ve taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people.
“That is when we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy requires us to use every arrow in our quiver,” she said.
“We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” Speaker Pelosi tells @GStephanopoulos when pressed on what Democrats would do if Pres. Trump and Republicans push a SCOTUS nomination ahead of the Nov. 3 election. https://t.co/JhU93KY3iQ pic.twitter.com/HOmI8AxREN
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are ready to move to confirm Trump’s nominee before Election Day.
Trump will announce his Supreme Court pick on Saturday afternoon at the White House.