WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Amidst criticisms of the president’s unethical and undignified conduct in the Mueller report, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that there are no immediate plans for them to launch impeachment proceedings against Trump.
- The speaker also said that while there are other ways to hold the president liable, she said that once they got all the facts, then they can figure out the next best step.
- She also minimized news that Democrats are divided over the impeachment issue, saying that most are just looking forward to following the investigations.
Despite describing President Trump’s conduct in the Mueller report as “unethical, unscrupulous and beneath the dignity of the office he holds”, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said that regarding Trump’s impeachment calls, she said they are “not there yet”.
During a Time 100 summit interview at New York City, Pelosi added that although impeachment is “one of the most divisive paths that we could take down in our country”, yet we have no choice but to go where the facts will take us.
Her remarks came after telling her caucus members that there were no speedy plans to proceed with impeachment. Pelosi added that there is no need to go to articles of impeachment to get facts because there are many other ways to hold the president accountable.
“This is about being totally free from passion, from prejudice, from politics. It is about the presentation of the facts, and when we have the facts, we’ll have a better idea about how we go forward.”
Additionally, Pelosi also played down rumors of divisions among Democrats over talks of impeachment saying there’s not a growing number who support impeachment. Rather, only some people are pushing for it while others are more eager to just follow the investigation.
Furthermore, the House Speaker criticized the White House on Tuesday of “stonewalling” following Trump’s lawyers suing to delay a subpoena seeking Trump’s financial records issued by the House Oversight Committee.
“As I say, it’s not about politics, but about patriotism. It’s an existential threat to our democracy in terms of our Constitution, Article I, the legislative branch [as] spelled out in the Constitution, the power of oversight over other branches of government, [and] the right to know,” the speaker said.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris of California and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro along with the support of freshman Democrats — Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York — have at least pushed for Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings against Trump.
Source: Fox News