Pelosi says she will view less-redacted version of Mueller report

Pelosi says she will view less-redacted version of Mueller report
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Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi, Mnuchin reach 'near-final agreement' on budget, debt ceiling Wendy Davis launches bid for Congress in Texas Steyer calls on Pelosi to cancel 'six-week vacation' for Congress MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that she will view a less-redacted version of Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction MORE's report on the special counsel investigation next week.

Pointing to her distrust of Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrUkrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Will Democrats be up to the task of publicly interviewing Mueller? A question for Robert Mueller MORE, the House Democratic leader said she feels "no pressure" to begin impeachment proceedings against President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE, but said that she would study the evidence fully.


"We will be having access to a less-redacted version of the Mueller report,” Pelosi told an audience at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast. “I accepted that because I’m afraid — I really don’t trust the attorney general of the United States.”

“If you’ve got to go down this path, you have to make sure that the public has an understanding of why,” she continued. “What I believe is that when we go forward, as we go forward, it has to run deep.”

Pelosi also dismissed the possibility of censuring the president over possible obstruction of justice, telling reporters at the breakfast that if she saw evidence of such action impeachment would be the only option.

“I think censure is just a way out. If you're going to go, you've got to go," Pelosi said.

“If the goods are there, you must impeach," she added. "Censure is nice, but it is not commensurate with the violations of the Constitution, should we decide that’s the way to go.”

More than 60 Democrats in the House and one Republican, Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashRep. Haaland says Trump's go-back remarks 'perplexing and wrongheaded' to Native Americans Pence says Trump 'might' speak out if rally crowd chants 'send her back' again Schiff: Trump 'has decided racism is good politics' MORE (Mich.), have announced support for impeachment proceedings. Pelosi and House Democratic leadership have so far resisted the impeachment push, instead focusing on pursuing oversight investigations of the administration.

Pelosi told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel in late May that Democrats would need to present an "ironclad" case to Republicans in the GOP-led Senate if were they to go the route of impeachment.

"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 then.