From the time she was eight-years-old, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been involved in politics. Her father was a U.S. representative, then he and her brother were mayors of Baltimore, Maryland. Her mother was active in Democratic politics, too, organizing women and teaching her only daughter about social networking. The speaker also survived being the youngest child after six older brothers. A reporter tried to take her on today. Bad mistake.
Speaker Pelosi spoke briefly at her press conference, which carried the heavy solemn weight of history. She called on James Rosen who is with Sinclair first. Before going to Sinclair two years ago, he was at Fox News for 18 years covering the State Department.
Then, Rosen asked her the wrong question, as MSNBC reported:
‘Thank you, Madam Speaker. We hear it said routinely and of course it’s true that impeachment is a political process, not a legal one. And yet as we can observe … we have counsels, depositions, subpoenas, perjury and so forth.
‘This was made clear yesterday by [House Intelligence Committee] Chairman [Adam] Schiff [D-Calif.] … when he reminded the minority that he would do everything necessary to ensure the legal rights of the whistleblower to preserve anonymity … in this political setting,” the veteran journalist continued. “And so I wonder if you could explain to the American people why the legal rights of the whistleblower should prevail in this political setting over those of President Trump, who should ordinarily enjoy a right to confront his accuser?’
Pelosi gave him a look that could kill and took him on, saying she had “more experience in Intelligence than anybody in Congress:”
‘I will say this to you, Mr. Republican Talking Points, when you talk about the whistleblower, we’re coming into my wheelhouse. have more experience in intelligence than anybody in Congress, than anybody who has ever served, 25 years on the committee as top Democrat. I was there when we wrote the whistleblower laws. The whistleblower is there to speak truth to power and have protection for doing that, any retribution or harm coming to a whistleblower undermines our ability to hear truth about power.’
Rosen repeated his question, asking whether the whistleblower’s right should supersede that of the president’s. Pelosi responded:
‘The president will be held accountable, and nobody should have the right to endanger whistleblowers.’
Next, Fox News reporter Chad Pergram suggested that the House Democrats appeared “excited” about trying to impeach Donald Trump. He asked her:
‘Why would the public not think that the House is dead set on a course to impeach the president when all of this milieu was going on?’
She shot back:
‘All this milieu is a seeking of the truth. It’s called an inquiry.’
She accused Trump of “bribery” in his interactions with the Ukrainian leaders:
‘That is in the Constitution, attached to the impeachment proceedings. The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the elections. That’s bribery.
‘We haven’t even made a decision to impeach. That’s what the inquiry is about. And when the committees decide that, then they will decide what the articles are. But I am saying, that what the president has admitted to, and says it’s ‘perfect,’ I said it’s perfectly wrong. It’s bribery. That’ll be up to the committees to decide.’
Pelosi continued on, saying this about the evidence the Intelligence Committee leading the impeachment inquiry had already collected:
‘What President Trump has done on the record — in terms of … [asking] a foreign power to help him in his own election and the obstruction of information about that, the cover up — makes what Nixon did look almost small. Almost small.’
Then, the speaker turned and looked directly into the camera. She addressed Trump personally:
‘And if the president has something that is exculpatory, Mr. President, that means if you have anything that shows your innocence — then he should make that known. And that’s part of the inquiry. So far we haven’t seen that.’
Then, Speaker Pelosi ended with the biggest power punch of all:
‘All roads lead to [Russia’s President Vladimir] Putin.’
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