House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told senior Democrats during a closed door meeting this week that she wants to see President Donald Trump “in prison.”
According to sources who spoke to Politico, Pelosi clashed with House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler in a meeting on Tuesday night over whether to begin impeachment proceedings.
Pelosi, Nadler, and several other top Democrats held the meeting to weigh their options moving forward.
While Pelosi has been reluctant to endorse or begin impeachment, she reportedly told Democrats at this meeting that she wants to see the president “in prison.”
Here’s more from Politico:
Nadler pressed Pelosi to allow his committee to launch an impeachment inquiry against Trump — the second such request he’s made in recent weeks only to be rebuffed by the California Democrat and other senior leaders. Pelosi stood firm, reiterating that she isn’t open to the idea of impeaching Trump at this time.
“I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison,” Pelosi said, according to multiple Democratic sources familiar with the meeting. Instead of impeachment, Pelosi still prefers to see Trump defeated at the ballot box and then prosecuted for his alleged crimes, according to the sources.
They said she was expressing solidarity with pro-impeachment Democrats who want to hold the president accountable while disputing the idea that it is now time to take that step. Pelosi has long argued that certain conditions must be met before Democrats begin impeachment — public support and strong bipartisan backing, neither of which have so far materialized.
Ashley Etienne, a Pelosi spokeswoman, did not deny the comment when Politico reached out to her.
“Pelosi and the chairmen had a productive meeting about the state of play with the Mueller report. They agreed to keep all options on the table and continue to move forward with an aggressive hearing and legislative strategy, as early as next week, to address the president’s corruption and abuses of power uncovered in the report.”
Pelosi is currently in a bind with her own party over whether to wait or try to impeach Trump before the 2020 election.
Late last month, Pelosi had a separate contentious closed-door meeting with Democratic leadership.
In this meeting, Pelosi reportedly told top Democrats that they were not ready to push impeachment and that they essentially needed to wait a little longer.
Pelosi may eventually cave and allow House Democrats to move ahead with impeachment proceedings, but she’s well-aware of the political ramifications of going down that path.
Both Attorney General William Barr and Robert Mueller have made it clear that there is no evidence of collusion or obstruction.
Which is why it’s incredibly bizarre to think Pelosi is telling people behind closed-doors that Trump should be “in prison.”