WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does not want to impeach President Donald Trump but she does want to see him go to prison, according to a Politico report.
“I don’t want to see him impeached, I want to see him in prison,” Pelosi (Calif.) reportedly said to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) at a closed-door meeting of Democrats on Tuesday night.
Her remark was in response to Nadler’s request for permission to begin impeachment proceedings. Nadler’s committee has been at the forefront of investigations into the administration and has said all options should remain on the table.
TMN contacted a Pelosi spokesperson for comment but did not receive a response by time of publication.
Pelosi has long eschewed calls for impeachment. She has said taking such action would not be prudent without sufficient public support as well as enough evidence to convince Senate Republicans to get on board.
Then-Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III said at a news conference last week that Trump was not charged with obstruction because of Justice Department regulations that prohibit the indictment of a sitting president. It was the first time Mueller spoke publicly about the 22-month investigation, which concluded in March.
Both Trump and GOP lawmakers dismissed Mueller’s remarks as old news.
In a 400-plus report that he submitted to Attorney General William Barr on March 22, Mueller said he did not find evidence of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Mueller did not make a determination as to whether obstruction had occurred.
Barr and then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, however, said that they reviewed the evidence presented in Mueller’s report and did not find that the evidence reached the standard to charge Trump with obstruction.
Barr released a redacted version of the special counsel’s report on April 18.
Democrats have called on Mueller to testify before Congress. However, Mueller has said he does not want to testify and that if subpoenaed he would not elaborate beyond what his report says.