Nancy Pelosi Shares Her Thoughts on Impeachment During Massachusetts Visit

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shared her thoughts on the possibility of beginning impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump during a stop in Massachusetts on Friday.

"We have six committees, so many members so experienced in terms of the law and our Constitution, chairmen who are excellent -- we'll take our lead from them," Pelosi said. "But I'm not a fan. Again, as I've said, I just think to the extent that we can always find a solution that is unifying rather than dividing is better for our country."

The California Democrat's comments came a day after she had said she still has reservations about initiating impeachment proceedings, even calling it "the easy way out."

"Impeachment is one of the most divisive and dividing paths that you can take," Pelosi said Friday deferring to the six House committees with jurisdiction over the process. "They have a path that is consistent with their responsibilities and we'll be hearing from them next week."

Pelosi toured the Eliot-Pearson Children's School at Tufts University in Medford on Friday to learn about the school's approach to early childhood education research.

She said the country should be making more investments in child care and early education, which not only helps children and families but is a long-term boost to the economy.

U.S. Reps. Katherine Clark, Lori Trahan and Ayanna Pressley -- all Massachusetts Democrats -- joined Pelosi to meet with early education advocates and tour the facility.

Pressley offered her opinion on impeachment which was different then Pelosi's.

"Personally, I do believe that there is a credible case, based on what was unredacted in the Mueller report, forget about the litany of moral crimes, I think he lost moral authority along time ago," said Pressley.

She said at the end of the day, Democrats are all on the same page.

"We might have different ideas about how to get there, sequentially, tactically, but we all want the same thing," said Pressley.

Pelosi said it's important for members of Congress to ask themselves why they ran for office -- and for her the answer has always been about looking ahead, and how best the country can help families care for their children.

"My 'why' has always been the one in five children in the United States who live in poverty," she told the gathering of child care advocates, students and elected officials."Everything that we do has to be about the children and their future."

Pelosi said that during a meeting this week with President Trump and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to discuss an infrastructure package, she stressed the need to fund program for children with disabilities.

Pressley said for children the most important infrastructure is their home and family. She said helping stabilize parents financially will pay off for those families and the country in the long run.

The Eliot-Pearson Children's School serves as a demonstration facility, providing a training and observation site for new and experienced teachers and a research facility for faculty and supervised students.

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