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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has impeachment on her mind again.
During an interview Sunday on ABC, Pelosi refused to rule out the possibility of House Democrats launching an impeachment proceeding against President Donald Trump in response to the president moving ahead with plans to nominate someone to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Trump wants to move ahead with the process of confirming a new justice. Democrats want Trump to wait until after the election in the hope that Joe Biden will win.
ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos asked Pelosi whether the House might revisit impeaching Trump.
“Some have mentioned the possibility if they try to push through a nominee in a lame-duck session that you and the House can move to impeach President Trump or Attorney General Barr as a way of stalling and preventing the Senate from acting on this nomination,” he said.
“Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country,” she replied.
She then claimed that Trump “has threatened to not even accept the results of the election with statements that he and his henchmen have made.”
“So, right now, our main goal and I think Ruth Bader Ginsburg would want that to be, would be to protect the integrity of the election as we protect the American people from the coronavirus, and that’s — I have faith in the American people on this Sunday morning. I hope and pray we have a vaccine, and that it would be soon, but it must be safe and efficacious when we do, not one day sooner, not one day later than that,” she said.
“But the fact is, this administration has been a total failure in protecting the health and well-being of the American people, and it has had an impact on our economy. The lives, the livelihood and the life of our democracy are threatened by this administration. So, again, when people say, ‘what can I do?’ You can vote. You can get out the vote, and you can do so as soon as possible,” she said.
Stephanopoulos tried to focus on impeachment.
“But to be clear, you’re not taking any arrows out of your quiver, you’re not ruling anything out?” he asked.
“Good morning. Sunday morning,” Pelosi joked. “Yeah. We have a responsibility. We’ve taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to meet the needs of the American people.
“That is when we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy requires us to use every arrow in our quiver,” she said.
“We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” Speaker Pelosi tells @GStephanopoulos when pressed on what Democrats would do if Pres. Trump and Republicans push a SCOTUS nomination ahead of the Nov. 3 election. https://t.co/JhU93KY3iQ pic.twitter.com/HOmI8AxREN
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 20, 2020
Soon after her death was announced, a Republican source said that President Donald Trump will move within days to nominate his third Supreme Court justice.
McConnell and Senate Republicans are ready to move to confirm Trump’s nominee before Election Day.
During an interview Monday morning on Fox & Friends, the president said he has narrowed his list of potential Supreme Court nominees down to five people and vowed to announce his pick by the end of the week.