Pelosi: 'When' Democrats Win in November, 'We Will Seek the Truth'

By Susan Jones | August 13, 2018 | 5:56am EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appeared on MSNBC's "AM Joy" on Sunday, August 12, 2018. (Photo: Screen capture/MSNBC)

( - "We intend to win this election," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told MSNBC's "AM Joy" on Sunday. And when -- not if -- Democrats take back the House, they will "investigate the disruption of our own elections."

"When Democrats take the House, we will seek the truth," Pelosi told guest host Jonathan Capehart, who asked her if impeachment would follow a Democrat victory.

We will have the power of subpoena. We want to get to the bottom of how the Russians undermined our elections. We want to protect the integrity of our electoral system. We have to know the truth.

The Republicans refuse to seek the truth by committee assignment, by establishing an outside independent commission, and the president, of course, kowtows to Putin rather than respecting the consensus of his own intelligence agency. So we will seek the truth and where the truth takes us, well then, we'll see.

They'll see about impeachment, she meant.


Pelosi said no one really knows what is happening with Special Counsel Mueller's investigation.

"But in terms of our ability as a majority of the House, then, to investigate the disruption of our own elections, that's a responsibility we have. We have a responsibility for oversight of the executive branch, not to protect the president -- as Mr. Nunes says, Oh, we're there to protect the president. No, we're there as the first branch of government, Article One, the legislative branch with our own responsibilities.

"So I think that you will see a seeking of truth, fact, evidence, data. Truth -- and then we can make our decisions as we go forward."

Pelosi says she outsmarts Republicans

Capehart pressed Pelosi on whether she expects to be speaker again if Democrats take control of the House.

First of all, let me just say this, and I know NBC has been on a jag -- this has been one of their priorities, to undermine my prospects as speaker. But putting that aside, I have not asked one person for a vote. What's important, and I know better than anybody how important it is for us to win the election, because I see up close and personal what the Republicans and this president are doing. I do not think our opponents should select the leaders of our party.

The Republicans are spending millions -- tens of millions of dollars against me because they're afraid of me. Because I outraise them in the political arena, because I outsmart them at the negotiating table and because I'm a woman who is going to be a seat at that table. And that for me is very important.

If Hillary Clinton had won and had sat at the head of that table, it would be different, but I'm not yielding -- I'm not yielding that. Now I do believe none of us is indispensable, but I think I'm the best person for the job and I won't let the Republican ads, which are just flooding these districts -- and I say to candidates, do whatever you have to do. Just win, baby. I know, One in five children in America lives in poverty, we must win this.

When the caucus decides, it will decide whose name they will to send to the floor. Only then, after the election, will I ask people for their support.

Pelosi said she's "made some very powerful enemies" over the years, and she said they don't want her to be speaker because she's so effective.


"I have made some very powerful enemies. Challenging the fossil fuel industrial in terms of clean air, clean water, food safety and the rest. Wall Street with Dodd/Frank reform. Health care, bringing in all of the anti-government ideologues. Name any subject, whether it's the environment, whether it's a woman's right to choose, whether it's gun safety, whether it's immigration fairness and the rest -- oh, labor rights.

"There's big money that comes in against the role of government because many of them are anti-governance and specifically to these issues. So it's big money out there against me. The more they make this point, though, the more money I raise. If you see their fund-raising letters they say we have to stop her because she's just a force that is amassing resources to win this election and that is what I will continue to do and they only help me when they go after me."

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