House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she has no regrets with her decision to withhold the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, saying it helped achieve “positive results.”
Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Jan. 12, Pelosi acknowledged that she will soon transmit the articles to the Senate, but the speaker defended the weeks’ delay.
Asked if she has “second thoughts” about waiting to send the articles, Pelosi said, “No, no, no, we feel that it has produced a very positive result.”
“No, no, no,” Speaker Pelosi tells @GStephanopoulos when asked if she has “second thoughts” about waiting to send the articles of impeachment, adding that it “produced a positive result” and highlights the importance of having “witnesses and documents.” https://t.co/G6Ef3GUsED pic.twitter.com/cXwBcQv09F
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According to the House speaker, she chose to hold on to the articles to pressure Senate Republicans to accept Democrats’ requests to call witnesses for a fair trial in the Senate.
“We wanted the public to see the need for witnesses, witnesses with firsthand knowledge of what happened,” Pelosi said.
She said the delay would give time for the public to see further “documentation, which the president has prevented from coming to the Congress.”
Pelosi also implied that her decision helped create contrast between Democrats in the House and Republicans in the Senate.
The speaker argued that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other Republicans are not taking impeachment seriously as they look for ways to protect President Trump, while she claimed Democrats are putting the Constitution first.
McConnell has signed on as a co-sponsor to a resolution, which proposes that Pelosi would have 25 days to send the articles over to the Senate, after that, a senator could offer a motion to dismiss with prejudice for failure by the House to prosecute such articles with a simple majority vote.
In the interview with ABC, Pelosi said it is “very unusual” for McConnell to sign on to the measure to dismiss the case for impeachment against the president.
“Dismissing is a cover-up,” Pelosi said. “If they want to go that route again, the senators who are thinking now about voting for witnesses or not—they will have to be accountable for not having a fair trial.”
President Trump is widely expected to get an acquittal at the Senate, but Pelosi declared that nothing can change the fact that he was impeached by House Democrats.
“There’s nothing the Senate can do that can ever erase that,” she said. “He will be impeached forever.”