Pelosi defends her wait-and-see approach to impeachment

Pelosi defends her wait-and-see approach to impeachment

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at her weekly press conference on January 18, 2019 answering questions about negotiations to reopen the government and her denial of President Donald Trump to use the House chamber to deliver the State of the Union on January 29th. (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) at her weekly press conference on January 18, 2019 answering questions about negotiations to reopen the government and her denial of President Donald Trump to use the House chamber to deliver the State of the Union on January 29th. (Photo ©2019 Doug Christian)

WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended her wait-and-see approach with regard to calls for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

“No. I’m not trying to run out the clock,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in response to a question at a news conference on Friday.

When asked how much longer she might wait before making a decision, Pelosi said: “We will proceed when we have what we need to proceed, not one day sooner.”

Pelosi said of her nearly 100 fellow Democrats who have called for impeachment proceedings to begin: “Everybody has the liberty and the luxury to espouse their own position and to criticize me for going down the path in the most determined positive way.”

She went on to say: “Their advocacy for impeachment only gives me leverage. I have no complaint with what they are doing.”

Pelosi has long eschewed talk of impeachment. She has said the committees that are investigating the president have more work to do before they are able to go down that road.

Her remarks come two days after Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III testified before Congress.

Many Democrats saw the hearing as litmus test for impeachment. Analysts have said Democrats did not meet that bar. Some even described the hearing as a flop.

Mueller’s memory appeared hazy at various points in his testimony. He incorrectly stated which president had appointed him U.S. attorney for Massachusetts in the 1980s and said he could not recall what Fusion GPS was.

Republicans said Mueller’s testimony did not provide any new information and that Democrats should cease Trump-Russia investigations.

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