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House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told Fox News’ "Your World with Neil Cavuto" Wednesday that potential impeachment proceedings against President Trump would turn into "a huge distraction" from the party’s legislative agenda "without the probability of success."

"It does take our eye off the ball because an impeachment process is an extraordinarily all-consuming process, of the public’s attention and the Congress’ attention," Hoyer told Cavuto. "And we promised the American people that we would focus on them, on their jobs, on their healthcare, on the availability of affordable-quality health care, on climate change, reform issues."

Hoyer said he agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who told The Washington Post earlier this week that she opposed impeaching Trump in the absence of "compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan" evidence, adding that the president was "just not worth it."

"We’re going to have an election in about 18 months," Hoyer said.  "The American people elected somebody who I think ought not to be president of the United States. But they elected him, and a lot’s going to happen in the next, probably, few months. The Mueller report, actions by the Southern District of New York, House and Senate hearings – House hearings in particular, and we’ll see what develops there."

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Pelosi’s statement ruffled feathers among some of the more vocal left-wing Democrats, who have vowed to push for Trump’s impeachment. Hoyer took a verbal shot at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota on Monday, telling Fox News that "we’ve got 62 new [Democratic] members. Not three."

"It’s not that Speaker Pelosi and I want to see President Trump [be] the president of the United States, because we disagree with him and we think he’s doing things that are not good for the country," Hoyer said Wednesday, "but we have a responsibility to do things we do think are good for the country and we want to be about that."

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Texas Democratic Rep. Al Green said Tuesday he will force an impeachment vote, just days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she would not support impeaching President Trump. The split view showcases a division within the party.

“It’s not about any one person, it’s really about the concept of ‘government of the people, by the people, for the people’ and the notion that we have a Democracy. And within this democracy, our Constitution accords this right to bring impeachment to the floor for every member of our caucus.” Green said on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” when asked why he was taking this action.

He added, “I’m not antithetical to what the speaker is saying or anyone else.  I ask each person to vote your conscience, do what you may.  But do understand that I would do as my conscience dictates.”

DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN BRUSHES OFF PELOSI PUSHBACK, SAYS HE’LL PURSUE IMPEACHMENT

Pelosi told The Washington Post last week that she would not support impeachment proceedings, calling them “divisive” and saying the president is “just not worth it.”

Green told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto that he had not spoken to Speaker Pelosi about his impeachment vote plans.

“No, we have not had a discussion about it. My belief is that this is something that  I Will contact every member of the House some point … and they will then govern themselves accordingly,” Green said.

On the first day of the new Congress this year, Green and Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., introduced articles of impeachment against the president. The pair also raised the issue in 2017 and 2018, to no avail.

Bigotry is impeachable.

— Rep. Al Green, D-Texas

Green said his call for impeachment was more symbolic than realistic, implying that the Trump presidency was causing harm to society when pressed by Cavuto about whether he could must the necessary votes for passage (218).

“I can guarantee one vote,” Green told Cavuto. “Very candidly speaking, this really is not about people who happen to hold positions of authority.  I just believe that we should not allow political expediency, wait until the next election, to trump the moral imperative to act when there’s harm being caused to society.”

He added: “I won’t be counting … votes.  What I’ll do is count on the opportunity to bring it to the floor and let people vote their consciences.

Cavuto then pressed Green on what offenses the president had committed. He cited the president’s “bigotry” as the reason to consider impeachment

“The president has put his bigotry into policy,” Green said before naming examples in which he believed the president showcased his racism.

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Green recalled the the president calling African countries “s—hole countries,” a proposed “Muslim ban,” and family separations at the border.

“Bigotry is impeachable,” Green said.

“I think we have a responsibility to keep an unfit president from staying in office,” Green told Cavuto. “That’s what I plan to do.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Guerin Hays contributed to this report.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., just pulled a move straight out of the movie “Office Space” on Vice President Mike Pence.

Pelosi has decided to revoke the honorary office that former House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., gave Pence on the first floor of the Capitol back in 2017.

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While Pence rarely used the office, NPR reported that his nameplate was removed from the door and that the space has been reassigned, according to a Democratic aide.

The vice president, who serves as the president of the U.S. Senate and has an office on that chamber’s side, was given the House office shortly after President Trump’s inauguration in January 2017; it was a sign of goodwill between the House, then led by the GOP, and one of its former members.

The space is at the moment sitting empty.

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"Room assignments are reviewed and changed at the beginning of every Congress," an aide told NPR.

The House speaker is the only member of Congress to have the power to assign coveted offices in the Capitol Building. Besides revoking Pence’s honorary office, Pelosi has doled out new office space for the White House legislative affairs team in the building.

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Tuesday said the fight in the Democratic Party over whether to push for the impeachment of President Trump shows that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is losing control of the party.

“Look, I think Nancy Pelosi is clearly already starting to lose control of her party, I think we’re seeing that on a lot of things that have taken place over the last couple of weeks,” Sanders said on Fox News’ “Outnumbered Overtime.”

PELOSI SAYS SHE’S OPPOSED TO IMPEACHING TRUMP: ‘HE’S JUST NOT WORTH IT’

Pelosi told The Washington Post in an interview published Monday that she was opposed to impeaching the president unless there is “compelling” evidence.

"Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it," she said.

The speaker’s remarks are in opposition to growing calls from the far-left of the party, who have made impeachment one of their main issues. Notably, freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., vowed in January that she would work to “impeach the motherf—er.”

Pelosi said Trump was "unfit" to be president "ethically," "Intellectually," and "curiosity-wise." However, she added that her own relationship with Trump has been "respectful of the office that he holds."

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Pelosi’s stance on impeachment was backed by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who said “the distraction would be major.”

On Tuesday, Sanders said that she was “glad [Pelosi] sees that the rest of us see, that there’s no reason, no cause for impeachment.”

She went on to say that the White House doesn’t believe that there is public support for impeachment, considering the job Trump is doing in areas such as rebuilding the military and creating jobs.

“Nobody wants to see President Trump impeached, other than Democrats in Congress who are failing, who have no other message, and that’s because our country is doing better,” she said. “I know that this is hard for them to run against in 2020 and I think they’ve got a very, very hard uphill battle ahead of them.”

The Trump campaign also noted Pelosi’s comments and suggested impeachment should be a litmus test for Democrats in 2020.

"Every single Democrat running for president should be made to answer: do they agree with the Speaker who stands in opposition to baseless impeachment charges, or will they risk fracturing the country by bowing to the radical elements in their party who want to disenfranchise the American people and overturn the legitimate and lawful result of the last election?” Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement.

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Impeachment is one of a number of areas where Pelosi is facing challenges from first-year freshmen, namely New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Tlaib – who are pushing the party into unchartered territory on issues such as impeachment, criticism of Israel and the Green New Deal.

“All of our problems are caused by three people,” one senior House Democrat lamented to Fox News this week.

Ocasio-Cortez was asked Tuesday about Pelosi’s remarks and whether she had a different opinion on impeachment. "I happen to, yes," she said.

Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain, Chad Pergram, Guerin Hays and Kristin Brown contributed to this report.

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Washington Examiner columnist Byron York says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s comments dismissing the idea that Democrats will try to impeach President Trump gives moderate Democrats "cover" in districts where President Trump has more approval.

"Some of them are in districts that Donald Trump won and they don’t really want to pursue impeachment," York said on "America’s Newsroom."

"There are a lot of moderate Democrats who feel that they were elected to do other things like work on health care and the economy – not impeachment."

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"And Pelosi has actually given them cover to now say ‘the Speaker has now given her opinion on that,’" York added.

"I’m not for impeachment," Pelosi, D-Calif., told The Washington Post in an interview published Monday. "Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it."

Pelosi’s impeachment comments were unexpected, according to York, especially since many Democrats have been talking about the topic.

"They were a surprise because the impeachment machine has been up and running on Capitol Hill," York told co-host Bill Hemmer.

The comment came after House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., when asked Monday by Fox News about the push to impeach President Trump responded, “we’ve got 62 new (Democratic) members. Not three.”

Hoyer apparently was referring to congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., andlhan Omar, D-Minn., who have garnered a large amount of media coverage since joining Congress and have been very vocal about impeachment.

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York noted however that the freshman congresswomen’s districts may differ from the majority of their colleagues districts in that they are more liberal.

"A number of those were elected in districts that are not at all like AOC’s," York said.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., revealed she’s opposed to the impeachment of President Donald Trump in the absence of evidence that is "compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan."

"I’m not for impeachment," Pelosi told The Washington Post in an interview published Monday. "Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it."

The speaker’s remarks ran counter to sentiments expressed by some freshman members of her caucus, most notably Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who vowed to Democratic activists that she would help "impeach the motherf—er" hours after she was sworn in this past January.

Pelosi told the Post her own relationship with Trump has been "respectful of the office that he holds."

"[I] just tell him what I think," Pelosi said, adding that she was "[h]opeful that at some point we can find common ground that he’ll stick to. So, yeah, respectful, honest and hopeful."

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However, Pelosi also accused the president of "disregarding the Constitution of the United States [and] disregarding our commitments to the world in terms of our commitment to NATO, to Paris climate, to our values."

When asked if she thought Trump had done anything good for America, Pelosi quipped: "He’s been a great organizer for Democrats, a great fundraiser for Democrats and a great mobilizer at the grass-roots level for Democrats. And I think that’s good for America."

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