Pelosi on Impeaching Trump: ‘I Am Very Prayerful About This’

By CNSNews.com Staff | September 26, 2019 | 2:23pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said at her press briefing today that she is “very prayerful” about her move to go forward with an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump and in explaining her decision to do so quoted what the soon-to-be Roman dictator, Julius Caesar, said when he crossed the Rubicon on his way to seize Rome.

A reporter asked Pelosi: “What message do you have to the White House regarding cooperation with the committee?”

Pelosi said: “Speak truth. Speak truth. But know truth. Believe me I am very prayerful about this. This is a heavy decision to go down this path. For some people, it was easier. They thought the transgressions were self-evident. I thought we needed more facts to show the American people as to why this was necessary. But last week, use any metaphor you want: Crossing the Rubicon. A new day has dawned. Alea iacta est—which is what they said when they cross the Rubicon. Any analogy, we are at a different level of lawlessness, that is self-evident to the American people, which is clearer than saying the president obstructed Congress because he would not let us see these records.”

The Roman historian Suetonius wrote that when Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon he said: Iacta alea est. That is translated: The die is cast.

Here is a transcript of the section in Pelosi’s press conference where she said that she is “very prayerful” about impeachment and then quoted Caesar:

Question: “What message do you have to the White House regarding cooperation with the committee?

Pelosi: "Speak truth. Speak truth. But know truth. Believe me I am very prayerful about this. This is a heavy decision to go down this path. For some people, it was easier. They thought the transgressions were self-evident. I thought we needed more facts to show the American people as to why this was necessary.

"But last week, use any metaphor you want: Crossing the Rubicon. A new day has dawned. Alea iacta est—which is what they said when they cross the Rubicon. Any analogy, we are at a different level of lawlessness, that is self-evident to the American people, which is clearer than saying the president obstructed Congress because he would not let us see these records. Because we can’t see the records we can’t show the public what the president is hiding. So, as long as he keeps obstructing, and in this case because of the whistleblower we have this access, then we have a heightened responsibility to act upon those facts.

"But as we go forward—I was seven years, I mean, we talk about my 25 years of intelligence, I was seven years, longer than anybody in Congress, on the Ethics Committee. And on the Ethics Committee we were trained: It’s about the fact and the law, and in that case, the rules of the House. Nothing else mattered.

"So, if you have disappointment about the president being cowardly about gun violence prevention and not wanting to offend 10 percent of the nation who are not as supportive of gun violence, or cruel in terms of DREAMERs, or trans, or in denial about climate change. This list goes on and on. In opposition to a woman’s right to choose. Violence against women act. Equal pay for equal work. Any of those things. If you have your disagreements with the president, saved that for the election. That has nothing to do with the impeachment. The impeachment are about the facts of his action and his lawlessness, which he considers a virtue, apparently. He thinks his letter is good and his, his---and the Constitution of the United States."

 

 

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