Pelosi on Impeachment: ‘Republicans Are in Denial About the Facts’

Kharen Martinez Murcia | November 21, 2019 | 4:11pm EST
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( -- During a Nov. 21 press conference at the U.S. Capitol, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the reason why the impeachment inquiry does not have bipartisan support is that “Republicans are in denial about the facts.”

“The Republicans are in denial about the facts,” she said. “If the Republicans do not want to honor their oath of office, then I don’t think we should be characterized as partisan in that way because we are patriotic.”

On the other side of the issue, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the facts arising from the hearings are in favor of President Donald Trump. When asked by reporters what is the strongest defense of the Republicans, he said the facts are the strongest defense, as the impeachment inquiry hearings move on. 

“The same defense from the very beginning -- the facts,” McCarthy said. “The same defense from the very beginning -- the phone call.” 

“There was no prerequisite from Ukraine to get the aid and Ukraine got the aid,” McCarthy said. “The only compelling thing I see is that Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) would do anything or say anything to try to make the president impeached.”

On Nov. 20, Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified before the House Intelligence Committee that no one told him that the foreign aid release to Ukraine was tied to an investigation of Ukraine’s meddling in the 2016 election and the hiring of Hunter Biden by a Ukrainian firm, paying him an estimated $80,000 per month.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)   (Getty Images)
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) (Getty Images)

“President Trump, when I asked him the open-ended question, as I testified previously, what do you want from Ukraine? his answer was, 'I want nothing, I want no quid pro quo -- tell Zelensky to do the right thing,’” Sondland testified.

Leader McCarthy added that the only goal of the Democrats in Congress has been to impeach the president and they have acted accordingly to attain this goal. However, Pelosi said that Democrats are honoring their oath of office by continuing the impeachment investigation regardless of the partisanship that is seen during the hearings.  

“Whatever decision is made, and it has not been made yet, would be based on our honoring our oath of office, not on the resistance to the truth of the Republicans on the other side,” said Pelosi.

“The tragedy of all of this is the behavior of the president, and the defense of that behavior by the Republicans,” she added.  

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