“It’s not off the table,” Pelosi said Tuesday, adding, “I don’t think you should impeach for political reasons, and I don’t think you should not impeach for political reasons.”
Pelosi has continued to oppose beginning the impeachment process against Trump as increasing members of the Democratic Party, both on the campaign trail and in her caucus, have voiced support for opening an impeachment inquiry.
In her interview on Tuesday, Pelosi said the efficacy of an impeachment inquiry was “a question to be asked” and suggested it could leave her party in the same place with regard to its ongoing battle with the Trump administration for documents and testimony.
“If you open an impeachment inquiry, do you get more information?” Pelosi said. “You still end up in the court.”
Tensions between Pelosi and Trump have escalated in the past week after Pelosi reportedly told Democratic leaders in private that she wants to see the President “in prison.” When asked about whether she made the remarks, Pelosi said she would keep what she told fellow Democrats behind closed doors private.
“Did you actually say that, did you actually say that the President, you’d rather see him in prison,?” Raju asked.
Pelosi responded, “When we have conversations in our caucus they stay in our caucus. Do people think there’s some impeachable offenses that the President committed? Yes. How serious are they? Are they criminal? Many people think they are.”
This story has been updated with additional developments Tuesday.
CNN’s Ashley Killough, Clare Foran and Jeremy Herb contributed to this report.