WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi actually agree on something. But their shared view that the House should not start impeachment proceedings against him are based on starkly different reasons.
"I'm not for impeachment," the California Democrat said in an eye-opening interview with The Washington Post that was published Monday.
"Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there's something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don't think we should go down that path, because it divides the country," she said. "And he's just not worth it."
Trump, who has not spoken publicly since Friday, has been mum about the words of the speaker with who he has clashed and used as a campaign-trail foil to rile up his conservative base. That ended Wednesday morning.
"I greatly appreciate Nancy Pelosi's statement against impeachment," the president tweeted.
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"Everyone must remember the minor fact that I never did anything wrong," he wrote, before adding his view that "the Economy and Unemployment are the best ever, Military and Vets are great -- and many other successes!"
Whether or not to impeach is a political decision that Pelosi and her caucus could still have to make, especially if special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation turns up damaging enough evidence of 2016 campaign coordination with Russia that involved Trump or that his aides kept him informed about.
But the speaker and other Democratic leaders in the House have said the decision would be based on such evidence -- not about domestic factors like the economy.