Pelosi Admits Impeachment Has Been Going on ‘Two and a Half Years, Actually’
Democratic House speaker makes admission about push to impeach the president
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has admitted that the Democrats' impeachment campaign against President Donald Trump has been going on for "two and a half years."
Pelosi made the remarks on Tuesday at Politico’s Women Rule Summit in Washington, D.C.
During an interview with the speaker, she was asked a question regarding criticisms about “the speed” of the House Democrats' impeachment process.
“Speed? It’s been going on 22 months - two and a half years, actually,” Pelosi replied.
“I think we are not moving with speed," She continued.
"Was it two a half years ago they initiated the Mueller investigation?"
"It’s not about speed. It’s about urgency," Pelosi added.
"One of the charges against the president of the United States—saying he was violating the oath of office by asking for government to interfere in our election undermining the integrity of our elections.”
“If we did not hold him accountable, he would continue to undermine our elections," she added.
"Nothing less is at stake than the central point of our democracy, of a free and fair election not to be disrupted by foreign powers.”
This wasn't the first time Pelosi has made such an admission, however.
During a press conference last week, in the hours following her impeachment announcement, Pelosi fielded a question about the timeline of the impeachment process, stating that "we feel comfortable with all of the time that has gone into this."
She pointed out that it has been two and a half years since Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel "and all that has transpired since then."
"All I hear from the press is that I'm moving so swiftly that it's like a blur going by," Pelosi told reporters.
"This has been a couple of years," she declared. "Two and a half."
We should take Speaker Pelosi at her word when she admits that they have been plotting to impeach the president for the last two and a half years. pic.twitter.com/JlxVpF53Qy— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) December 9, 2019
House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) seemed to also indicate the same timeframe for the anti-Trump impeachment push.
He told CNN before Pelosi spoke last Thursday that the impeachment investigation “essentially started” with the appointment of Mueller.
“This is a process that has gone on for over two and a half years,” Hoyer said.
On Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi revealed two articles of impeachment against President Trump.
On the same day, however, a viral petition calling for Pelosi's impeachment reached a staggering 285,000 signatures.
The campaign to "impeach Nancy Pelosi for crimes of treason" has amassed a huge amount of support after going viral across social media and is continuing to grow.
The "We the People" petition hosted on the official White House website, was started by Georgia resident Marjorie Taylor Greene earlier this year.
Taylor accuses the Democratic House speaker of committing treason and calls for her impeachment.
The campaign appears to have struck a chord with many Americans who have been left frustrated by the Democratic Party's push to impeach their president.
After going viral across social media, the petition has now far exceeded the minimum of 100,000 signatures required to warrant an official response.