WATCH: Pelosi Says It’s A ‘Waste Of Time’ To Respond To GOP Statements On Impeachment
During an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was asked by reporter Margaret Brennan what her views were regarding Republican lawmakers’ dissatisfaction with and arguments against the impeachment inquiry that President Donald Trump is presently facing.
House investigators are looking into Trump’s suspension of military aid to Ukraine over the summer, and his attempts to coerce that nation into launching political investigations that could help him in the 2020 presidential election, as a possible quid pro quo. Democrats in recent days have shifted their messaging to call the situation a “bribe” as well.
Pelosi responded to Brennan’s questions by saying she didn’t want to address Republicans’ complaints any longer, as they seemed disingenuous in her mind, CBS News reported.
“I really have a real discomfort level of responding to what Republicans say because they are in denial about what has happened in the country,” Pelosi said. “So if you want to ask me about where we’re going on this, I’m happy to respond to that. But I find it a waste of my time and yours to just be talking about what Republicans say.”
PELOSI: "I have a real discomfort level of responding to what Republicans say, b/c they're in denial about what's happened in the country… I find it a waste of my time & yours to just be talking about what Republicans say… let their arguments stand b/c it's on such quicksand" pic.twitter.com/juCF8uTQnD
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 17, 2019
Pelosi elaborated on her stance, saying that Republicans are in “quicksand” over defenses their making for Trump’s behavior. “I don’t even want to have it given any more visibility by my dignifying any of their misrepresentations of what they say,” she added.
The Speaker of the House was clear that her agitation wasn’t meant for Brennan, as she was the one asking the questions, but for Republicans.
“I say that out of great respect for you because I respect you as a great journalist…But I say to everybody else, I’m not here to talk about what they say because they’re not facing the reality of what is happening to our country,” Pelosi explained.
Pelosi wouldn’t reveal her opinion on whether she also felt Trump’s tweet, directed toward former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch as she was giving her testimony in real-time on Friday, was witness intimidation or not. She did call it bad behavior, however, and took the opportunity to disparage Trump for it.
“I think part of it is his own insecurity as an imposter,” Pelosi said, per reporting from Axios. “I think he knows full well that he’s in that office way over his head, and so he has to diminish everyone else.”