U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gestures while speaking at the Democratic National Committee's summer meeting Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, in San Francisco. More than a dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls are making their way to California to curry favor with national party activists from around country. Democratic National Committee members will hear Friday from top contenders, including Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Pelosi says public doesn't support impeachment

August 23, 2019 - 6:39 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still isn't ready to launch impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Pelosi told House Democrats on a conference call Friday, "The public isn't there on impeachment."

She told them the case needs to be "as strong" as possible.

"If and when we act, people will know he gave us no choice," Pelosi said, according to an aide granted anonymity to discuss the private call.

More than half the House Democrats support opening an impeachment inquiry. But Pelosi said the House must weigh its "responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution" with the need to be "unifying and not dividing."

She also said she's using a nightguard because it's "very hard" not to grind her teeth "all night about what's going on in the White House."

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