The House speaker suggested during Saturday’s interview held by The Texas Tribune that the “political risk” is worth it when it comes to looking toward impeachment of the president.
Asked by the Tribune’s CEO and co-founder Evan Smith if she has “any anxiety” about the impeachment inquiry “impacting [her] ability to hold control of the House in 2020,” Pelosi answered, “It doesn’t matter.”
She declared that “[protecting] and [defending] the Consitution of the United States” is Congress’ “first responsiblity.”
“People say you have to take a political risk doing that. 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.”
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— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) September 29, 2019
Additionally, Pelosi said during the interview that she has “handled this with great care, with moderation, with great attention to what we knew was a fact and what was an allegation.”
She added, “This is very bad news for our country because if — as it seems to be — our president has engaged in something that is so far beyond what our founders had in mind they knew that some president might go beyond what the Constitution intended.”
Since the top Democratic lawmaker made the announcement last week about launching a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump, House Democrats are looking to intensify the impeachment push as Trump is pushing back on it, as IJR reported.