Pelosi told Dems she'd like Trump 'in prison'

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With Mueller declining to clear Trump of obstruction allegations, about a quarter of opposition Democrats in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives have called for Trump's impeachment or the start of an impeachment inquiry, which Trump says is unwarranted.

Pelosi is walking an increasingly thin line as the clamor for impeachment grows in her caucus, despite her insistence that before impeachment there needs to be broad public support and bipartisan backing, neither of which has materialized.

The speaker told the leaders that she would rather see Trump defeated for re-election in 2020 and face prosecution after he leaves office, Politico said.

Trump lashed out at Pelosi as he claimed former special counsel Robert Mueller "made such a fool out of himself" last week in remarks to the press as he left office.

For months Pelosi has sought to quell calls for impeachment coming from more hawkish fellow Democrats, arguing that a failed impeachment attempt would backfire horribly - as was the case with the botched attempt to impeach President Clinton.

"He obstructed justice and hired an attorney general to clean up the crime scene", Harris said. And let her do what she wants.

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That's exactly what Mueller and his band of Democratic partisans have been doing since the beginning of Trump's presidency in a determined effort to find him implicated in collusion with Russian Federation and obstruction of justice. "I think they're in big trouble", Trump said with the Normandy American Cemetery in the background.

The full House will also vote Tuesday on whether to hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt for deferring to a White House direction that he not provide documents and testimony to Nadler's committee.

Furthermore, a successful impeachment would require a number of Republican defections - and despite several prominent dissenters, there is no indication of such a widespread rebellion against the president within is own party.

"Make no mistake, we know exactly what path we're on", she told reporters Wednesday. One Congressional aide said the expectation was the court would issue a decision on McGahn's testimony in short order, which could set a precedent for other witnesses who have been instructed to defy subpoenas, like Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson. "We need to begin impeachment proceedings and we need a new commander in chief". "Nancy will have the largest single voice in it".

This has put pressure on Pelosi, whether she is willing to admit it or not.

Pelosi conceded that "that may take more time than some people want it to take", and said, "There is great grief and sadness and pain in our country about the behavior of this President of the United States".