House Speaker Nancy Pelosi showed her frustration with her party’s insistence on impeaching President Trump, a move she knows could cost the Democrats the 2020 election.
Pelosi’s frustration really showed as she abruptly cut her press conference short after chiding the media for not focusing on the Senate GOP’s refusal to take up a Democratic proposal to expand background checks for gun purchases.
“I’m not answering any more questions about a possible inquiry, investigation, and the rest,” Pelosi chided reporters who continued to ask her about the matter at her weekly press conference.
“Why is it that you are hung up with a word over here when lives are at stake over there?” the California Democrat said, walking out of the room.
Watch how frustrated she is when she ends the news conference. The question is hard to make out, but the topic was obviously impeachment, and Pelosi wasn’t having it at all:
Pelosi has been steadfast in her effort to resist a formal House vote that would authorize the House Judiciary Committee to launch an official impeachment inquiry knowing there are dire consequences.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler has remained at odds with Pelosi and declared the panel is conducting an official investigation.
The committee voted Thursday to establish formal rules for pursuing an impeachment inquiry, and Nadler declared a House vote is not needed to authorize one.
Regardless of the opposition, Pelosi said she supports Nadler and is “very pleased” with his committee’s work but has not publicly endorsed the move.
“Legislate, investigate, litigate,” Pelosi said. “That is the path we had been on, and that is the path we continue to be on.”