Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued that President Donald Trump was not acquitted in the impeachment trial.
During an interview with CNN, the host asked Pelosi, “What about, though, the fact that the president seems liberated, and this is about democratic politics so I’m not asking you to criticize here, but he was acquitted, his poll ratings are high?”
“He was not… There was no…” Pelosi said.
Pelosi interrupted, “You can’t have an acquittal unless you have a trial, and you can’t have a trial unless you have witnesses and documents.”
“So he can say he’s acquitted, and the headlines can say ‘acquitted,’ but he’s impeached forever, branded with that, and not vindicated,” Pelosi said.
“And even the senators were saying, ‘yes, it wasn’t right,’ but they didn’t have the courage to act upon that.”
House managers in the impeachment trial made this same argument.
However, the Senate did vote to acquit Trump in the impeachment trial.
All Republicans voted against the charge of obstruction and all but one Republican, Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, voting against the charge of abuse of power.
Since the acquittal, Pelosi has been inching closer to impeaching President Trump a second time, calling his latest interference into the Justice Department an “abuse of power.”
Trump was previously impeached for abusing his office when, as Democrats claim, he used the office of the presidency to withhold foreign aid until Ukraine investigated a political rival.
Now, Pelosi is claiming Trump is up to this same “abuse” again.
“This is an abuse of power that the president is again trying to manipulate federal law enforcement to serve his political interest,” Pelosi said, per ABC News, after Trump tweeted the Justice Department should get involved with a case involving his former aide Roger Stone. “And the president is what he is. He thinks he’s above the law, he has no respect for the law, but where are the Republicans to speak out on this blatant violation of the rule of law?”
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 14, 2020
Speaking with a group of reporters, Pelosi said Attorney General William Barr’s compliance with Trump’s request has “deeply damaged” the integrity of the DOJ.
“This all must be investigated,” Pelosi continued, per the report. “What a sad disappointment to our country. The American people deserve better.”
“Well, it should be investigated,” she added. “Our committee, the Judiciary Committee, as you know, has invited and he has accepted the attorney general come before the Judiciary Committee, and that will be the end of March. I wish it were sooner, but he did accept the invitation so we don’t have to go another step there.”
Pelosi dismissed a question about potentially impeaching Barr, instead, directing her attention to Trump.
ABC News reports Pelosi said:
Our priority was to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. The president gave us no choice in his actions in violating the separation of powers that is contained in the Constitution, and that is our goal.
There is so much malfeasance on the part of people in the executive branch right now, but the fact is, our responsibility is to honor our oath of office to protect and defend. But we can point out the disrespect that the [attorney general] has for the rule of law, for lying to Congress, and that is really very bad. It’s not a good thing. It is lying to the American people. It is lying to the American people under oath. But our priorities are to do our job for the American people.
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