Citing a busy congressional agenda, two of the House of Representatives' top Democrats — Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) — admonished their party from pursuing President Donald Trump's impeachment.
“Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment,” the two said after describing Trump's actions as ”beyond the pale for most Americans." Pelosi and Hoyer suggested Wednesday that other issues — the Russia investigation and defeating Republicans' tax proposals — deserved more attention.
“Congress faces a vast set of urgent, overdue priorities for the American people. Democrats are firmly focused on taking real, effective steps to improve the lives of hard-working Americans and defeating Republicans' cruel barrage of attacks on the middle class,” Hoyer and Pelosi said in a joint statement.
Their statement came amid growing Democratic calls, including a resolution introduced by Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), for Trump's impeachment. Both Pelosi and Hoyer opposed Green's resolution, which contained five articles of impeachment, including Trump's controversial firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
Green's resolution, according to The Hill, failed to pass the House of Representatives on Wednesday.