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PoliticsPelosi on impeachment: 'Make no mistake: We know exactly what path we’re on'

22:15  05 june  2019
22:15  05 june  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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" Make no mistake ," Pelosi said, pounding her fist into the podium. " We know exactly what path we ’ re on . Pelosi delivered a brief civics lesson on impeachment – offering her observation that most people wrongly think impeachment means "you’re out of office."

Asked whether she is being influenced by any of the 23 Democratic presidential candidates or Democratic voters who want impeachment , Pelosi pointed back at “six great committees” " Make no mistake ," Pelosi said, pounding her fist into the podium. " We know exactly what path we ’ re on .

Pelosi on impeachment: 'Make no mistake: We know exactly what path we’re on'© Win Mcnamee/Getty Images Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) answers questions during her weekly news conference at the Capitol, June 5, 2019.

As House Democrats head toward a pivotal vote next Tuesday to hold multiple Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday denied she feels pressured to move faster toward impeaching President Donald Trump, insisting Democrat leaders "know the path we're on."

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Asked whether she is being influenced by any of the 23 Democratic presidential candidates or Democratic voters who want impeachment, Pelosi pointed back at “six great committees” currently "following the facts." She then hinted that, depending on how the Trump administration responds in the days ahead to past-due Democratic requests, “there could be more” committees holding Trump officials in contempt beyond the House Judiciary Committee, including the House Intelligence Committee.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the criticism that Democrats haven't started the impeachment process yet, explaining that House members " know exactly

The gulf between Nadler and Pelosi was on full display Wednesday as the New York Democrat dodged questions about whether he and Pelosi were in agreement on Democrats’ impeachment strategy. “ Make no mistake , we know exactly what path we ’ re on .

"We take it one step at a time,” she said. "No, I’m not feeling any pressure."

Pelosi flatly dismissed critics and pundits who have questioned whether she has the stomach to pursue impeachment.

"Make no mistake," Pelosi said, pounding her fist into the podium. "We know exactly what path we’re on. We know exactly what actions we need to take. And while that may take more time than some people want it to take, I respect their impatience. It’s a beautiful thing and it’s important to our country."

"We’re following the facts, we’ll take them where they lead us," she continued. "As we go down that path, we will be as strong as we can be. There is no controversy or ‘try this, try that.’ We are on a path."

Pelosi denied that the House could appear to detour from regular order by including former White House counsel Don McGahn in next week’s contempt package, bypassing a Judiciary Committee vote on contempt.

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On Wednesday, Pelosi acknowledged that Democrats calling for impeachment are bringing 'vital energy' to the party's oversight efforts, while attempting to downplay the divide over what to do. " Make no mistake , we know exactly what path we ' re on .

" Make no mistake : we know exactly what path we ' re on . Pelosi is also aware that pushing for the impeachment of Trump may actually boost his popularity, giving him an additional advantage in next year’s presidential election against whoever the Democrats pick among two dozen contenders at the

"He’ll be in the contempt [resolution]," Pelosi assured reporters. "It’s not a question of bypassing the committee. We’re working with the committee on all of this, in terms of wording and the rest of it. So it’s not about bypassing a committee. What it is though, is about taking it one step at a time."

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced earlier this week that the House will vote next Tuesday on a "contempt package" including McGahn, as well as Attorney General William Barr, who was voted in contempt of the Judiciary Committee on May 8.

She said Democrats can "move more expeditiously" by pursuing civil contempt in court but "it doesn’t mean" Democrats won’t eventually pursue inherent contempt, under which Democrats maintain Congress could fine or otherwise punish Trump officials. "But you have to get started," she said.

Pelosi delivered a brief civics lesson on impeachment – offering her observation that most people wrongly think impeachment means "you’re out of office."

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Make no mistake , we know exactly what path we ' re on . Pelosi also downplayed the ultimate impact of impeachment -- arguing that there is public confusion over what it would actually entail and that some people mistakenly think that impeachment alone would be enough to remove the

Pelosi , who fears political disaster if impeachment proceedings are launched without broad public support, argued that it would be better to see Trump defeated in the next election and then criminally prosecuted as a private citizen. ' Make no mistake : we know exactly what path we ' re on .

"Did you ever get that feeling or are you just in the bubble here?" Pelosi, D-Calif., asked. "They think that you get impeached, you’re gone and that is completely not true."

Pelosi then explained that impeachment is only "an indictment," a nod to the constitution that the Senate has the sole power to try all impeachments.

"So, when you’re impeaching somebody, you want to make sure you have the strongest possible indictment because it’s not the means to the end that people think," she said, adding it’s not "bye bye birdie."

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Pelosi said any decision to ssubpoena special counsel Robert Mueller to testify is "up to the committee."

"Hopefully, he would accept an invitation to come," she said. "They will decide because they’re doing the negotiation."

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