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Pelosi: Re-Election Of Donald Trump Would Do "Irreparable Damage To The United States"

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Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told George Stephanopoulos with regard to her decision to pursue an impeachment inquiry that "the re-election of Donald Trump would do irreparable damage to the United States."

"We're there to keep the republic or we're there to play politics with impeachment, and that's not what we're doing," she said. "The facts are there and we are proceeding to get further evidence as we go forward. And it is -- doesn't hinge on whether Mitch McConnell has the guts to really do what the Constitution requires or what the impact is in the election."





STEPHANOPOULOS: You were so clearly reluctant to take this step earlier in the process, all through the Mueller inquiry, where the two conditions you talked about was you'd want to have Republicans on board and the public on board. If this is -- ends up being a party-line impeachment, is that something that is good for the country?

HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: Let me just say this: I never said it would be required that we have Republican -- I just hoped for -- that they would follow the facts and see the truth.

We don't have a choice: We'll either support and defend the Constitution of the United States or we won't. And that's where we are. And I think my holding back on it only argues further for how drastic this change was with this additional set of facts.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You've said that you have no -- you feel you had no choice but going forward on the impeachment inquiry, and -- and I know no one has a crystal ball. But, you know, some Democrats had been concerned that if you go forward with impeachment, the president gets acquitted in the Senate, that will actually strengthen him in -- in the 2020 election.

If impeachment helped President Trump win in 2020, would it be worth it?

PELOSI: Let me just say this: If the -- just because the Senate may not have the courage to recognize the president's violation of the Constitution doesn't mean that they're off scot-free. We have to have a very compelling case as we go forward for the American people and for the Senate.

So again, outcomes in election have nothing -- "I solemnly swear to uphold the Constitution as long as it doesn't make a difference in the election"; that's not the oath we take. We're there to keep the republic or we're there to play politics with impeachment, and that's not what we're doing.

The facts are there and we are proceeding to get further evidence as we go forward. And it is -- doesn't hinge on whether Mitch McConnell has the guts to really do what the Constitution requires or what the impact is in the election.

But I will say this: Having said all of that, separate from that, the re-election of Donald Trump would do irreparable damage to the United States. This -- we have some serious repair and healing to do in our country for what he's done so far. I don't -- I'm not sure that two terms, it might be irreparable.

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