Pelosi Appears To Soften on Impeachment After Mueller Testimony

Pelosi Appears To Soften on Impeachment After Mueller Testimony


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
Contributor on The Bipartisan Press

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has long resisted calls to begin impeachment of Donald Trump.

And while she remains unprepared to move forward immediately, Pelosi’s stance appears to have softened somewhat following Wednesday’s day-long testimony by former special counsel Robert Mueller.

Current considerations involving impeachment revolve more around action in the courts in terms of enforcing subpoenas on Trump officials than any political calculation, Pelosi told reporters she met with late Wednesday after Mueller had completed his testimony before the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees.

Mueller was questioned about both the aspects of Russian interference in US elections, and attempted obstruction of the Mueller probe.

“This isn’t endless, understand that,” she said. “But we have live cases in the courts.  We have some that are going forward that [Judiciary] Chairman [Jerrold] Nadler just mentioned. It isn’t endless, but with strength in our hand to get that information, remembering that Watergate was when they got the information and the tapes that broke the case. So, it wasn’t just about changing public opinion. That helped change public opinion.

“But it isn’t about me, it’s about our [Democratic] Caucus, it’s about our country,” Pelosi added. “As I say, there’s a cone of silence in the White House that is engaging in a massive cover up of obstruction of justice.”

Although it’s been widely understood that the Republican Senate’s reluctance to actually vote to remove Trump from office has been a driving factor in her decision to avoid impeachment, Pelosi said that is not the case.

“I have never long said that,” she said. “I have never long said that.

“If we have a case for impeachment that’s the place we will have to go,” Pelosi added. “The fact why I’d like it to be a strong case is because it’s based on the facts. The facts and the law, that’s what matters. Not politics, not partisanship, just patriotism. I don’t care, I mean I’d like the Senate to be responsible and honor their oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution, to see what a challenge this is to our national security. What the Russians are trying to do to our country. But the stronger our case is the worse the Senate will look for just letting the president off the hook.”

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