U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is one of the Democratic Party’s leaders who have signaled that no tool is off the table — possibly including impeachment — in response to President Donald Trump’s effort to confirm a Supreme Court nominee prior to the end of his first term.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) reacted by saying he would consider introducing a measure to have her removed from her leadership position in the chamber if she pursued such an option, as reported by the Daily Caller.
“I don’t think he’s worth the trouble”
The latest political battle erupted last week in the wake of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. Democrats, along with a handful of Republicans, say the winner of November’s presidential race should name her replacement.
Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), however, are adamant about a timeline that would put a nominee’s name up for a vote in the near future.
Pelosi has been direct in her criticism of the GOP effort, leading to some speculation that she might support new impeachment hearings.
Of course, she said on Thursday — the one-year anniversary of a first impeachment effort against the president — that a second bite at that apple is unlikely, as reported by Fox News.
“I don’t think he’s worth the trouble at this point,” she said, offering a notably different take on the topic than she did in an ABC News interview earlier in the week.
“Arrows in our quiver”
On Sunday, she said the party has “our options” and “arrows in our quiver” when asked about impeachment, but declined to provide more specifics.
“But the fact is we have a big challenge in our country,” she said. “This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election.”
If Pelosi should decide that impeachment is an appropriate step, McCarthy has warned her that he is ready to react.
“I will make you this one promise, listening to the speaker on television this weekend, if she tries to move for an impeachment based upon the president following the Constitution, I think there will be a move on the floor to no longer have the question of her being Speaker,” he said. “She may think she has a quiver — we do too.”
No matter what happens, the next several weeks are sure to be filled with fierce partisan battles.