"And I think that's good for America", she said, laughing.
Pelosi continued: "I'm going to give you some news right now because I haven't said this to any press person before".
'Speaker Pelosi thinks "he's just not worth it?".
It should also be noted that for all of her faults, Pelosi is a cold and calculating politician when it comes to her opponents.
The right has spent untold millions on negative ads that paint the San Francisco Democrat as the face of radical liberalism.
"She's always demonstrated leadership that takes all kind of factors into account", Ocasio-Cortez told reporters on Monday, according to The Hill.
With the 2020 presidential and congressional election campaigns already gearing up, the political calendar could dictate whether initiating the time-consuming impeachment process is even plausible, Democratic and Republican lawmakers said.
At bottom, this may turn on a deeper question: Whether one believes simply defeating Trump for reelection would do enough to purge the country of the many stains of Trumpism.
In a caucus meeting Tuesday morning, Pelosi encouraged Democrats to "keep our eye on the prize" as "we look at what this president is doing to this great country". Raskin may eventually get his way since his sentiments are shared by many Democratic activists, but Pelosi is making some important points.
Hers is a steady, seasoned hand. By saying impeachment needs to be "bipartisan", she hinders any Democratic arguments that a particular act or crime, past or future, warrants impeachment.
Impeachment, of course, is a political process. It fell to their incoming speaker to disappoint the liberal base with the news that there would not be an abrupt cutoff of funding.
Lest anyone cite crumbling support for Richard Nixon during impeachment proceedings in 1974 (leading to his coerced resignation) as precedent for the same thing happening to Trump, the fact is this is a very different and more right-wing Republican Party than the one that weighed Nixon's fate back then, and Trump's approval rating among Republicans is much higher.
Her comments brought to the fore a debate that has been raging inside the party for months.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks at a weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 28, 2019. The approach paid off, as Democrats won back the House majority for the first time in eight years. Pelosi is effectively indicating that the presence of impeachable offenses is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for launching an impeachment.
Freshman Democrats who are from more moderate districts and will have to win re-election again in two years have been fully supportive of Pelosi's caution. Their impeachment standard isn't so much the Constitution's "high crimes and misdemeanors", but rather "high crimes and misdemeanors that Republicans agree upon".
If there is evidence of wrongdoing, that could prompt Congress to take action against the president. "Impeachment is a divisive issue in our country".
And once it is set in motion, impeachment is hard to dial back. Speaker, Pelosi can assign or revoke office space to whomever she pleases.
If a second Trump term is so unsafe - something Pelosi literally believes the country might not be able to withstand - isn't allowing him to stay in office another two years similarly perilous? Come November 2020, they will be judged on whether they delivered.