Speaker Nancy Pelosi: Impeachment Is "Not Off The Table," Will "Bubble Up" From The Committees


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi discusses her position on impeaching President Trump during an interview Tuesday morning with CNN's Manu Raju:

MANU RAJU, CNN: Last week, Jerry Nadler said an impeachment inquiry, it may come to that. You said in the past you're on a path to impeachment. How do you reconcile those?

SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: It's not off the table. I don't think you should impeach for political reasons and I don't think you should not impeach for political reasons. It's not about politics. It's not about Democrats and Republicans. It's about patriotism to our country. It's upholding the Constitution of the United States.

If, in fact, the executive branch can say you can never have oversight over us, you have destroyed the system of checks and balances, which is the wisdom and the heart of our Constitution. And if you go down that path and you look through the Bill of Rights and the assaults they make on the press, et cetera, then you are undermining the Constitution, not honoring your oath of office to support and defend.

And part of all of that is, again, our responsibility, our oath of office, and what is appalling is the lack of respect for the oath of office that the Republicans in Congress, in the House, and in the Senate have for their own oaths of office to strengthen the institution in which they serve. It's not about Congress. It's about the American people. We're representatives of the American people who deserve to know the truth.

MANU RAJU: Before I move on to the other issues, very quickly, though, if you really believe the president may have committed crimes in office, isn't it your obligation to mount an impeachment inquiry?

NANCY PELOSI: My obligation is to do whatever we do in the most effective way possible.

MANU RAJU: And you believe he committed crimes in office?

NANCY PELOSI: I think the Mueller report very clearly spells out, at least 10 or 11 instances of obstruction of justice. But I'm not here to have that discussion. That's for the committees. We have six committees that work on this. One doing taxes, Ways and Means Committee. Maxine Waters, Financial Services, Jerry Nadler, Judiciary. Elijah Cummings, the Government Oversight Committee. Eliot Engel, Foreign Affairs Committee. They're all doing their work very well, and I believe in the committee system, and it will bubble up from there.

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