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Pelosi Calls On Democrats To Restrain Impeachment Push

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California called on her Democratic colleagues on May 18 to restrain their statements in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump.

Some members of the Democratic caucus have urged for Trump to be impeached after media reports suggested he leaked classified information to Russia and attempted to obstruct an FBI investigation into his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the Washington Examiner reports.

But Pelosi said the investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Russia should be allowed to run its course.

"I hope some would curb their enthusiasm until we have all of the facts and have confidence that when the American people understand what is there, whether it's grounds for impeachment or grounds for disappointment, then they'll know," Pelosi said.

She acknowledged that some Democrats would continue to argue for Trump's removal.

"I think that people are going to do what they do," Pelosi added. "We don't have unanimity often in our caucus. That's why we are the Democratic caucus and we take pride in our diversity, and some people will disavow timing, some people will be more enthusiastic about something at some time."

During a CNN town hall on May 15, Pelosi stated that calls for Trump's impeachment were "a reflection" of what a few Democratic lawmakers "are hearing in their own constituencies," a transcript reads.

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley of New York echoed Pelosi's sentiments on May 17.

"I would suggest … there needs to be a full investigation first," he said, according to The Hill. "We need to get to the facts, and let the facts lead where they may."

But Crowley made it clear that the Democratic leadership would not prevent members from raising calls for Trump's impeachment.

"Members can come to their own conclusions, and we don't pretend to stand here and speak on behalf of every single individual member of our caucus," he added.

Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, spoke out against impeachment.

"It cannot be perceived as an effort to nullify the election by other means," he said of the investigation into Trump.

Other Democrats believe enough information exists to impeach Trump. Rep. Maxine Waters of California spoke out in favor of impeachment during a closed door meeting of House Democrats on May 17.

"There is a belief in this country that no one is above the law, and that includes the president," Democratic Rep. Al green of Texas said. "This is where I stand; I will not be moved."

Sources: Washington Examiner, The Hill, CNN / Photo credit: Marianique Santos/DoD via Defense Video Imagery Distribution Service

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