Pelosi: Republicans 'treating impeachment' with 'frivolity' after Trump 'committed acts of high treason'

Pelosi: Republicans 'treating impeachment' with 'frivolity' after Trump 'committed acts of high treason'
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United States Representative and House Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi (D-California) implied MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart on Sunday's edition of The Saturday/Sunday Show that congressional Republicans under the leadership of incumbent Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-California) are abusing the Constitution by impeaching President Joe Biden, against whom the GOP has presented no evidence of wrongdoing.

To make her point, Pelosi recalled why, after she was elected as the first woman to hold the gavel, she refused to grant Democrats' demands for the impeachment of then-President George W. Bush over his ill-conceived invasion of Iraq.

"What is the frivolity of how they're treating impeachment? You know, when I first became speaker in '07, January, I was so deluged with requests to impeach the president, Bush, for the War in Iraq," Pelosi stated. "I've strenuously opposed the war in Iraq. I said at the time as the top Democrat on intelligence, 'The intelligence does not support the threat. It was a misrepresentation to the American people.'"

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Pelosi explained that while Bush's incursion was a catastrophe, it "was a policy matter, and I was not going to impeach the president, even though there was, as Senator Graham, who was the top Democrat in the Senate, and actually the chairman of the [Judiciary] Committee — Bob Graham, Bob Graham of Texas — called for the president to be impeached. But I wasn't going to do that because I just think that it was, you know, a terrible, this War in Iraq was the worst mistake a country ever made and the consequences continue. But nonetheless, just because people were calling for it didn't mean I was going to do it."

Pelosi then fast-forwarded to ex-President Donald Trump, who was impeached and acquitted twice during his single four-year term.

"So when it came time for the former occupant of the White House, I don't use his name," Pelosi quipped, "it was unavoidable because the facts were so overwhelming that he committed acts of high treason."

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