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Pelosi Says Trump ‘Knows What His Violations Have Been’

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday evening, where she fielded questions by the host over why she hasn’t yet pushed for impeachment of President Donald Trump.

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Pelosi asserted that she wanted to do things by the book, to ensure that the case for impeachment, if it does come forward within the Democratic-held House of Representatives, is based on facts and solid footing.

“We’ve been on that path for a while, and when we do get to where we’re going, we’re going to be ready,” Pelosi said, per a video of the interview posted by the show’s YouTube page. “You have to remember, [Democrats have] only had the [congressional] majority…since this year, and the first month, government was shutdown.”

It’s important, Pelosi maintained during her interview with the late night host, to have all the facts gathered and to provide the truth to the American people. Impeachment “is very divisive,” the Speaker warned, and missteps in the process or going into it too fast without taking every step necessary “could divide the country.”

At the same time, Pelosi recognized that Trump was ignoring his duties as president.

“[W]e understand our oaths of office, to defend the Constitution of the United States,” Pelosi said. “Apparently, the president does not understand his oath of office. He doesn’t honor the oath to protect and defend. We know our responsibility, but again, because it is divisive, we have to try to bring people together.”

In her role as Speaker, Pelosi argued that she has “a better idea as to what the president has to be held accountable for than anyone” else in the federal government.

“The only person who knows better than I do…is the president of the United States,” Pelosi said. “He knows. He knows what his violations have been.”

The conversation between Pelosi and Kimmel also delved into specifics on policy. Concluding his interview with the Speaker, Kimmel had one last suggestion for her as she tried to work with Trump in the future.

“The next time you go into a meeting, a negotiation with him, bring McNuggets,” Kimmel said, a jab at the president for serving fast food to national sports champions at the White House. “It’s not going to hurt.”



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