Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., echoed Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, saying Democrats shouldn’t consider impeaching Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate makes it decision and the FBI finishes its reopened background check.
Though a number of key House Democrats have said they want to investigate the allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh if their party wins the lower chamber in November, Democratic leaders were more hesitant to jump on the bandwagon.
“I don’t want to prejudge,” Hoyer said Thursday in a sit-down with reporters, where he boasted about Democrats' chances of flipping control of the House. “I think we ought to all see [the FBI report] and get through the election. We ought not to prejudge our actions on that issue.”
“We have to see what the Senate does: do they confirm him or not,” Hoyer added.
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Pelosi, D-Calif., said it “would not be my plan” to impeach Kavanaugh when asked about the possibility at the Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
“Let’s take it one day at a time. We are not about impeachment,” Pelosi said, adding, Democrats are “not about dividing the country. We’re about ‘E pluribus unum.’”
Still, Hoyer said, Kavanaugh has not demonstrated the right temperament befitting a Supreme Court justice.
“The partisan rancor that he raised was totally inappropriate in my opinion,” Hoyer said.