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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated in a meeting with top Democrats earlier this week that she doesn’t want to see President Donald Trump impeached — she wants him behind bars.
“I don’t want to see him impeached. I want to see him in prison,” confirmed multiple Democrat sources, described by Politico as people familiar with Tuesday night’s meeting.
She clashed with House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., over whether to launch impeachment hearings while meeting with him and top Democrats who are pursuing investigations.
Nadler reportedly pushed Pelosi to allow his committee, for the second time in recent weeks, to start an impeachment inquiry against Trump, but Pelosi once again refused his demands.
The sources told Politico that Pelosi wants Trump to be defeated in the 2020 election, and after that to face prosecution. She continues to argue that there must be public support and strong bipartisan backing before impeachment proceedings can begin.
Pelosi spokeswoman Ashley Etienne said the speaker and the committee chairmen had a “productive meeting” and “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 [Mueller] report.”
House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.; Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md.; Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass.; and Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., were at the meeting but Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who has often called for Trump’s impeachment, was not there.
Schiff and Neal both reportedly argued that if an impeachment inquiry was opened, then Democrats should be ready to impeach the president, and Cummings sided with Pelosi.