Pelosi promises 'ironclad case' against Trump

SAN FRANCISCO — House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? Pelosi says Dems 'have to be ready to throw a punch — for the children' in 2020 MORE told California Democrats that Congress would continue aggressive investigations into President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE and the Trump administration, stopping short of calling for the beginning of an impeachment inquiry.

Addressing the California Democratic Party's annual convention in her home district, Pelosi cited former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential
election.

"In his report, special counsel Mueller warned us in the starkest terms that there was an attack on our election and an attack on our democracy," Pelosi said. "Why won't the president defend us from this attack?"

"What is the president covering up?" she asked. "We must investigate the president's welcoming of the assault on our democracy.

A single protester shouting "Impeach!" soon became a few, then a few dozen and then perhaps a hundred as Pelosi seemed to hint at a future inquiry.

"This isn't about politics, it isn't about partisanship, Democrats versus Republicans, no. It's about patriotism, it's about the sanctity of the constitution and it's about the future of our nation. We will go where the facts lead us. We will insist on the truth. We will build an ironclad case to act," Pelosi said.

"President Trump will be held accountable for his actions. In the Congress, in the courts, and in
the court of public opinion, we will defend our democracy," she added.

Pelosi and House Democratic leadership have played down talk of impeachment, even as a growing portion of the House Democratic Caucus calls for an inquiry. Pelosi told late-night host Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelFCC fines 'The Walking Dead,' Jimmy Kimmel for use of emergency alert tones Jimmy Kimmel laments how quickly 'we seem to forget about these tragedies' Julia Louis-Dreyfus calls Williamson's Seinfeld reference 'bizarre' MORE on Thursday that the party had to be prepared to build a case.

"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," she said Thursday, comments she echoed Saturday.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerPoll: Majority wants Trump out, but not through impeachment Second Democrat representing Trump district backs impeachment GOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' MORE (D-N.Y.), who would chair impeachment hearings, said Friday he was conscious of the need to build public support for impeachment.

"Impeachment is a political act, and you cannot impeach a president if the American people will not support it," Nadler told WNYC. "The American people right now do not support it because they do not know the story. They don’t know the facts. We have to get the facts out. We have to hold a series of hearings, we have to hold the investigations."

Fifty House Democrats have called for opening an impeachment inquiry. Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashLawmakers blast Trump as Israel bars door to Tlaib and Omar House Democrats targeting six more Trump districts for 2020 Sanford headed to New Hampshire amid talk of challenge to Trump MORE (R-Mich.) is the only Republican who has called for impeachment.