Speaking to FOX Business Network's Maria Bartiromo Thursday morning, Fox News contributor Karl Rove weighs in on the political fallout from Robert Mueller's comments on the Russia investigation's findings and why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reluctant to pursue impeachment:
KARL ROVE: The Democrats were desperately hoping that he would say something different and new and more expansive than what he said in report. And he didn't. If you're Nancy Pelosi, you have 41 Democrats and 1 Republican who are saying impeachment, she knows impeachment is a political disaster for them. New Harvard-Harris poll, 65% of Americans oppose impeachment. A large number of Democrats support it, but large majorities of independents and almost all Republicans oppose it.
This is a loser for her. She wanted, they wanted Mueller to come out and say something more expansive. He didn't, but the pressure will continue to build in caucus. Nancy Pelosi is between the progressive left in the party that wants to impeach and the political reality that she has a majority in the House because a bunch of red districts flipped blue, and she knows that this could cost her the majority.
MARIA BARTIROMO: He certainly took it to the edge, as far as he could take it, didn't he? By saying, look, if we thought that the president did not commit a crime we would have said so.
ROVE: Well, he said that in his report. So there was really nothing new there.
ROVE: They were hoping for something new and they didn't get it. I'm sure there is a gnashing of teeth in Jerry Nadler's office today, and Adam Schiff is in mourning having hoped that Mueller would somehow or another would say indict, indict, indict, impeach, impeach. He didn't say it.