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Kimmel presses Pelosi on Trump impeachment: ‘Why not?’

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday pressed Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on impeaching President Trump, questioning what more the Democratic leader needed to see in order to begin the proceedings.

During the interview, Kimmel questioned when Democrats in the House would take action against the president in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller’s press conference this week detailing the findings of his report and weeks of resistance from the Trump administration against congressional subpoenas.

{mosads}”[Mueller] indicated that it’s Congress’s job to take it from here. Are you taking it from there?” Kimmel asked.

“You have to remember, we’ve only had the majority … since this year, and the first month government was shut down,” the Speaker responded.

“Our founders, in the darkest days of the revolution, they said, ‘The times have found us.’ Well, I think right now the times have found us,” Pelosi added. “We have a defiance of the Constitution of the United States, and so when we go down this path, we have to be ready, and it has to be clear to the American people, and we have to hope that it’ll be clear to the Republicans in the United States Senate.”

Pelosi also argued during the interview that she knew better than anyone in the House what violations Trump had allegedly committed against the Constitution during the 2016 election season and throughout his presidency.

“I probably have a better idea as to what the president has to be held accountable for than anyone,” she said.

“The only person who knows better than I why this president is not above the law, why this president must be held accountable, the only person who knows better than I do is the president of the United States. He knows. He knows what his violations have been,” Pelosi said.

Her remarks about impeachment, while not in support of such proceedings yet, are some of the strongest the Speaker has issued in recent weeks amid calls from dozens of House Democrats to open impeachment hearings against Trump.

She has argued that the president is hoping for Democrats to initiate impeachment hearings in the House, knowing that a GOP-led Senate would likely decline to remove him from office.

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