House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday, Dec. 10, said the impeachment process of President Donald Trump has been going on for “two and a half” years.
At Politico’s Women Rule Summit in Washington, when asked about criticisms of “the speed” of the House Democrats impeachment, Pelosi responded, “Speed? It’s been going on 22 months—two and a half years, actually.”
“I think we are not moving with speed. Was it two a half years ago they initiated the Mueller investigation? It’s not about speed. It’s about urgency. One of the charges against the president of the United States—saying he was violating the oath of office by asking for the government to interfere in our election undermining the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi continued.
“If we did not hold him accountable, he would continue to undermine our elections. Nothing less is at stake than the central point of our democracy, of a free and fair election not to be disrupted by foreign powers,” she added.
Earlier in the day, House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against Trump related to the Ukraine controversy—one accusing him of abuse of power and another charging him with obstruction of Congress.
In response to Pelosi, GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said, “Democrats are trying to defraud the country!”
Pelosi said it herself: They’ve been trying to impeach @realDonaldTrump for 2.5 years. But there was:
No quid pro quo.
Democrats are trying to defraud the country! pic.twitter.com/YB702jd482
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) December 11, 2019
At the Pennsylvania rally on the same day, President Trump called the process “impeachment lite” and promised it would lead to his re-election in 2020.
“They’re impeaching me and there are no crimes!” Trump said. “This has to be a first in history. They’re impeaching me, and you know why, because they want to win an election.”
He added, “And our poll numbers have gone through the roof because of her stupid impeachment.”
Republicans currently control the Senate with a 53-47 majority. Given a two-thirds vote is necessary to convict the president, it’s unlikely Democrats would be able to remove Trump from office in the next year even if they impeach him in the House.