Impeachment would force the U.S. Senate to hold a trial at a time when it has precious few days left on its calendar to confirm a replacement for Ginsburg.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not ruled it out as a means of thwarting confirmation hearings.
During an interview Sunday on ABC, Pelosi refused to rule out the possibility of House Democrats launching an impeachment proceeding against President Donald Trump in response to the president moving ahead with plans to nominate someone to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Trump wants to move ahead with the process of confirming a new justice. Democrats want Trump to wait until after the election in the hope that Joe Biden will win.
ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Pelosi whether the House might revisit impeaching Trump.
“Some have mentioned the possibility if they try to push through a nominee in a lame-duck session that you and the House can move to impeach President Trump or Attorney General Barr as a way of stalling and preventing the Senate from acting on this nomination,” he said.
“Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country,” she replied.
She then claimed that Trump “has threatened to not even accept the results of the election with statements that he and his henchmen have made.”
“So, right now, our main goal and I think Ruth Bader Ginsburg would want that to be, would be to protect the integrity of the election as we protect the American people from the coronavirus, and that’s — I have faith in the American people on this Sunday morning. I hope and pray we have a vaccine, and that it would be soon, but it must be safe and efficacious when we do, not one day sooner, not one day later than that,” she said.
“But the fact is, this administration has been a total failure in protecting the health and well-being of the American people, and it has had an impact on our economy. The lives, the livelihood and the life of our democracy are threatened by this administration. So, again, when people say, ‘what can I do?’ You can vote. You can get out the vote, and you can do so as soon as possible,” she said.
Stephanopoulos tried to focus on impeachment.