Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the house will not move to impeach President Trump a second time in an attempt to prevent him from filling the current vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
"I don't think he's worth the trouble at this point," she said to reporters during a press conference on Thursday, the one-year anniversary of her announcement of the first impeachment process of Trump.
The statement is a change of stance from earlier hints from Pelosi. When asked during a recent appearance on ABC News whether Democrats might again impeach Trump or might impeach Attorney General William Barr, Pelosi indicated at the time that she might be open to the idea.
"We have a responsibility," Pelosi said. "We take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people...When we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy, it requires us to use every arrow in our quiver."
In response to her remarks, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said that House Republicans would push for Pelosi to be ousted as speaker over a second impeachment attempt.
" ... if she tries to move for an impeachment based upon the president following the Constitution, I think there will be a move on the floor to no longer have the question of her being speaker," McCarthy said. "She may think she has a quiver – we do too."