House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has urged her Democratic colleagues not to move swiftly to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
At a closed door meeting June 13, Pelosi stated that Trump was doing enough at present to undermine his presidency, according to Politico.
"It's a big deal to talk about impeachment," Pelosi said, sources in the room told Politico. "I think he's going to self-impeach."
She also reportedly suggested that if Trump fires Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor appointed in May to oversee the Russia probe, it would be enough to encourage Republicans to turn against the White House.
The meeting occurred the day after Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman announced he was circulating an article of impeachment against Trump. The Democratic leadership sought to discourage Sherman from forcing the issue.
"Emotions are high. These issues have political implications and government ones," Rep. Mike Capuano, also a Democrat, said. He argued that there has to be "a discussion within the caucus -- in a public forum -- before we do something that would position our colleagues or our future colleagues."
Sherman said in an interview following the meeting that he would not seek to force a vote on the article of impeachment at present. He said he would only do so in the future after consultations with the party's leadership.
"But you're asking me what I'm going to do months and months from now … If there was mixed view -- some leadership said this, some said that -- who knows?" he added.
Capuano wasn't the only Democrat to take issue with Sherman's approach.
"We believe strongly that a discussion about impeachment is not timely," House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said after the meeting, according to The Hill.
In his article of impeachment, Sherman accused Trump of committing obstruction of justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey.
Sherman still intends to introduce his article of impeachment later this week. He then plans to give the House Judiciary Committee time to decide how it will respond. He suggested that he would likely not consider forcing a floor vote on the issue until after the August recess.
Al Green, another Democrat who has raised the possibility of impeaching Trump, issued a statement in response to rumors that Trump may be considering firing Mueller.
"When dealing with Mr. Mueller, it's an insult to even consider terminating him as special counsel and will be obstruction of justice if its done," Green's statement read.