Pelosi promises 'ironclad case' against Trump

SAN FRANCISCO — House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says Trump sanctions package on Turkey 'falls very short' Graham throws support behind Trump's Turkey sanctions Feehery: Trump may be down, but he's not out yet MORE told California Democrats that Congress would continue aggressive investigations into President TrumpDonald John TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report 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 MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network 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 KimmelHillary and Chelsea Clinton propel Colbert's 'Late Show' to record high Monday rating Biden to attend fundraiser at home of Paramount CEO Biden: Last 48 hours have been '18 out of 10' on outlandish scale 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 NadlerBarr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry 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 AmashAmash says he's happy not feeling 'bound to a particular party' Amash on Syria: Trump's not ending anything Trump says House Democrats 'unfortunately' have the votes to impeach MORE (R-Mich.) is the only Republican who has called for impeachment.