As the impeachment process for the President moves to the U.S. Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says that President Donald Trump will be “impeached forever” no matter what happens.
‘He’ll be impeached forever’
“Let’s be optimistic about the future, a future that will not have Donald Trump in the White House one way or another,” Pelosi told the host of ABC News’ “This Week” George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. “Ten months we will have an election if we don’t have him removed sooner. But, again, he’ll be impeached forever.”
There will be a time that Trump is no longer under active impeachment but Pelosi wants it known that being done with impeachment doesn’t take away the stain: "He will be impeached forever."
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Pelosi said she will send the articles of impeachment to the Senate this week. According to Pelosi, she has delayed this action because, “Well, what I did say is, I would be consulting with my members this week, on Tuesday morning, at our regular caucus meeting, that we would vote to send them over, and we will determine in our meeting when we send them over.”
“But it — we have never — I have always said I would send them over. So there shouldn’t be any mystery to that,” Pelosi said.
She added, “What we did want, though, and we think we accomplished in the past few weeks, is that we wanted the public to see the need for witnesses, witnesses with firsthand knowledge of what happened, documentation which the president has prevented from coming to the Congress as we review this.”
Pelosi on Witnesses
Pelosi said that if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn’t call former National Security Advisor John Bolton as a witness, he “will be accountable to the American people.”
“I think that he will be accountable to the American people for that. Over 70 percent of the American people think that the president should have those witnesses testify,” Pelosi said. “So, again, it is — it’s about a fair trial. They take an oath to take — have a fair trial. And we think that would be with witnesses and documentation. So, that dynamic has — now the ball is in their court to either do that, or pay a price for not doing it.”
In other words, Pelosi is pretty much admitting she’s playing political games with her intentional delay.
— Amy Kremer (@AmyKremer) January 13, 2020
‘Dismissing is a cover-up’
Pelosi also repeated her belief that if McConnell and Senate Republicans fail to subpoena witnesses, it would be an unfair trial. She said if Senate Republicans choose to dismiss the case, it will be a “cover-up.”
“Dismissing is a cover-up. 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.”