On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called for the House to move forward with impeachment. “The facts are uncontested. The president abused his power,” Pelosi claimed during her press conference.
“Our president leaves us no choice but to act. Sadly, but with confidence and humility, today, I am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment,” she said.
In an interview with The Washington Post on March 11, 2019, Speaker Pelosi said: “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I do not think we should go down the path because it divides the country.” [Emphasis added].
However, the criteria that the Speaker laid out to the country before moving forward with impeachment has failed.
House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), told reporters Tuesday: “There is nothing compelling, nothing overwhelming, and the only bipartisan vote we have had in this House is not to move forward with an impeachment inquiry”, adding that it has not stopped the Democrats.
After Pelosi announced moving forward with impeachment, she answered questions during a CNN Town Hall Thursday and was pressed by Jake Tapper on “why she’s still pursuing impeachment without bipartisan support.” (Continued Below)
“As you recall on the day you became Speaker of the House, in January of this year, you were asked about impeachment and you said, ‘It would have to be so clearly bipartisan’ in terms of acceptance of it, but … there are no Republicans in the House who support either the impeachment inquiry. And it appears, as though, none of them are gonna support impeachment itself. Does this mean you are failing to meet the standard that you’ve set?” Tapper pressed Pelosi.
“No, I’m saying the ‘Republicans have failed’ to meet the standard of honoring their oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” she responded, placing the blame on the GOP.
Asked if she is willing to impeach President Trump even if there are no Republican votes in the House in favor of it, Pelosi arrogantly replied, “I’ve asked for the writing of the articles of impeachment.” (Video Below)
Nancy Pelosi’s full remarks:
"The Republicans have failed to meet the standard of honoring their oath of office, to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defends her position on impeachment despite a lack of GOP support. https://t.co/tAYQajXu8l pic.twitter.com/wpIOBzel5a
— CNN (@CNN) December 6, 2019