Pelosi Secretly Tells Democrats Trump Impeachment ‘is a National Security Issue’
House Speaker spoke to rank-and-file Democrats in closed door meeting
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly spoke to rank-and-file Democrats in a closed-door meeting saying the whistleblower's complaint involving President Donald Trump's phone call with Ukraine's president assured her it was time to launch the impeachment inquiry.
“Right now, we have to strike while the iron is hot,” Pelosi told Democrats, according to a source in the room.
“This is a national security issue ... and we cannot let him think that this is a casual thing, so that's where I'm at.”
Pelosi has continually resisted launching an impeachment inquiry, arguing such a move wouldn't be backed by the public.
But the speaker told Democrats that the whistleblower's allegations convinced her to launch the inquiry.
Up to now, Democrats still don't have any evidence.
She told Democrats that Trump admitted “that he brought up the investigation of the Biden family in his call. He is asking a foreign government to help him in his campaign.
"That is a betrayal of his — our national security — and a betrayal of the integrity of our elections.”
Pelosi said it is “understandable to the public. It has clarity in terms of what he did.”
Pelosi sais that Trump informed her in a phone call that he did not make the decision to withhold the whistleblower information, which was blocked from Congress by acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire.
“I had a conversation with the president this morning,” She told Democrats.
“He said, you know, I don’t have anything to do with that. I said, Well, then undo it. Undo it. Because you are asking the DNI [Director of National Intelligence] to break the law. I mean, it’s just outrageous.”
“It would be my intention with the consent of this caucus, to go forward in saying what the president has done, and his betrayal of the Constitution, challenges us to proceed with an impeachment inquiry,” she told Democrats.
On Tuesday, Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump.
The announcement is a dramatic move for the Democrats.
Pelosi said, "the president must be held accountable" for the "betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and the betrayal of the integrity of our elections."
"This week, the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically," Pelosi said.
"Therefore, today, I'm announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. I'm directing our six committees to proceed with their investigations under that umbrella."