Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi explained to reporters her alarm at a whistleblower’s complaint, which alleges President Donald Trump and members of his administration sought to keep guarded details of a conversation he had with the president of Ukraine.
The whistleblower’s complaint, which had been released earlier in the day, alleged that the president’s White House lawyers sought to “lock down” records of Trump’s conversation with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump is said to have pressured Zelensky to investigate Democratic candidate for president Joe Biden, potentially Trump’s rival in the 2020 presidential general election.
Pelosi described her opinions on the latest news in terms that left no confusion on where she stood. “This is a cover-up,” she said, per reporting from CNBC.
In additional statements she gave to the press Thursday, Pelosi added that there shouldn’t be a rush to impeach the president right away, and made no commitments on when a vote on the issue could happen, nor when hearings would begin.
“There are some in our caucus who think, ‘let’s just have an impeachment.’ … There is no rush to judgment,” the Speaker added.
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Pelosi on Tuesday formally backed impeachment inquiry proceedings on the president, announcing at that time that the allegations held within the whistleblower’s complaint and subsequent reports about Trump’s interactions with Ukraine warranted a deeper investigation by Congress — including consideration of removal of Trump from the White House.
“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections. Therefore, today I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry,” Pelosi said.
Prior to the announcement on Tuesday, Pelosi was more hesitant on the issue of impeachment, even as a majority of her caucus had already moved to support the idea weeks earlier.