Pelosi expresses frustration during testy CNN interview

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP increasingly balks at calling Jan. 6 an insurrection Overnight Energy: Lake Mead's decline points to scary water future in West | White House leads opposition to raising gas tax | Biden taps ex-New Mexico lawmaker for USDA post Trump against boycotting Beijing Olympics in 2022 MORE (D-Calif.) grew testy during an interview Tuesday in which she was pressed for her thoughts on impeachment and President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE’s insults of her.

Pelosi repeatedly made it clear to CNN’s Manu Raju during the onstage interview at a fiscal policy event hosted by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation that she preferred to avoid the topic and wanted to discuss fiscal policy issues.


“I don't care what you ask anymore. I'm not going to talk about [Trump] anymore,” Pelosi told Raju at one point as he pressed the Speaker on Trump’s attacks on her and discussions among House Democrats about whether to impeach the president.

A short time later, Raju asked Pelosi if she thinks Trump committed criminal offenses, noting comments Pelosi reportedly made at a private meeting that she wanted to see Trump in prison.

Pelosi responded by saying she was there to talk about other things, which Raju said they would get into later in the interview.

“I'm not going to that place of what happens within our caucus," Pelosi said. "What I'm talking about is what's happening within our country, about how we go forward with investments in the future to educate our workforce for the 21st century.”

Later, Raju asked Pelosi about Democrats arguing that court battles would be helped by opening an impeachment inquiry. Pelosi again referenced that the event was about the national debt.

“I'm glad you asked that question. If you want to talk about that, I thought we were talking about reducing the national debt,” she said.

“We'll get there,” Raju replied.

Pelosi went on to say that some say that opening an impeachment inquiry would lead to Democrats getting more information, while others said it wouldn't.

When Raju asked Pelosi about another major topic in the news in recent days — Trump backing off his threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods — the Speaker said, “If I had been invited to talk about the president, I would have had more important work to do at home.”

Pelosi received some applause from the audience to the line.

She mentioned that she was honored to come to the event at the event of the Peterson family, and that the late Peter Peterson, a former Commerce Secretary and co-founder of The Blackstone Group, was a "national hero."

When Raju then said he had a question for Pelosi on the budget, she replied, “oh my goodness,” to laughter from the audience.

"Glory hallelujah! But I will not be a part of the diversionary tactics of the White House that you are obviously into," she added.

Raju went on to ask Pelosi about Trump's update to the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"How did a policy issue slip in there?" Pelosi asked. "We're going to get to it, I told you," Raju replied.