Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) indicated Saturday that successfully pursuing impeachment of President Trump would be worth losing the Democrats’ House majority in 2020, The Hill reports.
During an interview at Tribune Fest, hosted by the Texas Tribune, Pelosi argued that following Congress’ mandate to hold the president accountable is more important than politics.
“It doesn’t matter,” Pelosi said. “Our first responsibility is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
“People say you have to take a political risk doing that,” she said. “That doesn’t matter. That doesn’t matter. Because we cannot have a president of the United States undermining his oath of office, his loyalty to his oath of office, undermining our national security, and undermining the integrity of our elections.”
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) September 29, 2019
Chris White at The Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) has more:
Pelosi’s remarks were made after she announced an impeachment inquiry after details about a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. During the call, Trump asked the foreign leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden’s dealings in Ukraine as they relate to his son, Hunter Biden.
The House Intelligence Committee released a whistleblower complaint on Sept. 26 discussing the phone call.
Pelosi’s move to open an inquiry comes several months after the California Democrat maintained that her party was far from interested in an impeachment push. Neither she nor any other Democrat have provided evidence suggesting Trump’s call broke the law.
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