(CNSNews.com) - Flanked by a poster -- the "Moving Forward Framework For the People" -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday opened her news conference by indicating that Democrats are moving beyond impeachment and the all-but-certain acquittal of the president.
Yet Pelosi insisted there can be no acquittal -- even if the Senate votes to acquit President Donald Trump, as looks likely.
“We are right now prayerful and hopeful that the Senate will have the courage to hear the truth about the president's actions," Pelosi said.
A reporter asked her, "When this is over, do you think that President Trump will be chastened and understand that he’s got a Congress watching him? Or will he be emboldened because the Senate will have acquitted him?"
"Well, he will not be acquitted," she said – even if he is:
You cannot be acquitted if you don't have a trial. You don't have a trial if you don't have witnesses and documentation and that.
I would hope that the senators, if it comes to a tie or if there's a question of hearing testimony or receiving documents, would leave it up to the chief justice of the Supreme Court.
Pelosi noted that John Roberts is a Republican-appointed justice, presiding over a Republican majority court and therefore Senate Republicans should not be worried about him breaking a tie on the question of witnesses.
"Does the president know right from wrong?" she asked. "I don't think so."
Pelosi also slammed the President's defense team: "I don't think they made the case at all. I think they tried to avoid the truth in what they said...I think they disgraced themselves terribly in terms of their violation of what our Constitution is about and what a president's behavior should be."
On the other hand, Pelosi praised her impeachment managers as "magnificent custodians of the Constitution."
"They have made us all proud," she said.
'The Russians are coming'
Pelosi also returned to her earlier, pre-trial invocation of the Longfellow poem, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere."
Longfellow was making the point that "The English are coming, the English are coming," she said.
“In this case, the Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!” Pelosi continued. “And the president has left a clear path for them to interfere once again in our elections, as they are currently doing."
(So here we go again with accusations that Trump is welcoming Russian interference, as Democrats try to delegitimize the outcome of an election that is still months away.)
At the start of her news conference, Pelosi discussed a Democrat infrastructure proposal -- $760 billion over five years for roads, bridges, airports, broadband and other projects.
She even stressed bipartisanship, saying she believes President Trump "cares and wants to do something" on infrastructure. She said infrastructure has never been partisan, and she trusts that still remains the case.
On the other hand, Pelosi accused Republicans of trying to "undo Medicare and Medicaid."