House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left open the possibility that the House of Representatives could file new articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, but expressed confidence in the case she plans to send over to the Senate this week.
Pelosi answered several questions Sunday morning on ABC’s This Week, including one submitted in real time by the president himself, which saw her defending the House’s case against Trump. She did not rule out a future subpoena to have former national security adviser John Bolton testify in addition to her not excluding the possibility the House may file more articles of impeachment if the Senate botches the trial.
The House speaker defended her controversial decision to hold onto the articles of impeachment, saying it “produced a positive result” of demanding documents and witnesses from a reluctant Republican Senate.
Pelosi repeatedly stated her faith in the case that she said will be sent to the Senate this week, but also made clear the trial is by no means the end of the fight against Trump.
“You said he’s [Trump] violating the Constitution again and again. Do you think it’s possible that the House might have to file new articles of impeachment?” ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked the House Speaker.
“Well, let’s just see what the Senate does. The ball will be in their court soon and as I say, we think the American people have been very fair about saying ‘yes we do want to see witnesses,'” Pelosi replied.
When Stephanopoulos asked Pelosi to respond to a live Twitter question from Trump, the California Democrat laughed if off saying, “I don’t like to spend too much time on his crazy tweets because everything he says is a projection.”
In regards to Bolton, who recently stated he is open to testifying before Congress, Pelosi did not rule out moving to subpoena him if the Senate fails to bring him in as a witness.
“If the Senate does not subpoena John Bolton and other witness, will the House move to subpoena?” Stephanopoulos asked Pelosi.
“Well, it’s not excluded…but we’ll see what they do. But we do think there’s enough evidence to remove the president from office,” she replied.
Speaking with Fox News Saturday night, South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said Pelosi “gave in,” and that the Senate trial will only last days, not week. Graham doubled down on his December claim that he won’t “pretend” to be a fair juror in the Senate trial against Trump.
“She’s not going to run the Senate, she gave in, and I think this hurt her, it undercut the argument that impeachment is about necessity, impeachment is about revenge,” Graham said.