Pelosi: Trump 'scared' of impeachment probe

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon Hillicon Valley: FBI to now notify state officials of cyber breaches | Pelosi rips 'shameful' Facebook | 5G group beefs up lobby team | Spotify unveils playlists for pets Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti on impeachment: 'CNN can see through this nonsense' MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday she thinks President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE is "scared" of the impeachment investigation that Democrats launched over his dealings with Ukraine.

Pelosi told ABC's  George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosPelosi: Trump is 'impeached for life' National security adviser: US embassies not evacuated because 'we're not going to cut and run every time somebody threatens us' Pelosi on Trump: 'Every knock from him is a boost' MORE that she thinks the president is calling House Democrats the "Do Nothing Democrats" because of his fear surrounding the inquiry.


"I think the president knows the argument that can be made against him, and he's scared," she said. "And so he's trying to divert attention from that to where it's standing in the way of legislation."

The Democratic leader said she could sense the "surprise in his voice" when they spoke on the phone about the impeachment inquiry launched last week amid revelations that Trump had pressed Ukraine's president over the summer to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Ex-Obama official on Sanders-Warren feud: 'I don't think it played out well for either of them' Parnas says he doesn't think that Joe Biden did anything wrong regarding Ukraine MORE, the current Democratic presidential front-runner.

"He didn't understand that I thought what he did was wrong, that he was undermining our national security, that he was undermining our Constitution by his actions and he was undermining the integrity of our elections," she said. "He just didn't see it."

Pelosi mentioned her remarks from a press conference earlier Wednesday about the progress she hopes to make in lowering prescription drug costs and finalizing a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada.

The president responded to her remarks by tweeting that she is "incapable of working on either" policy item.

Trump also tweeted Wednesday that the Democrats are wasting time on "bullshit" with the impeachment inquiry.

Pelosi responded in her ABC interview by turning back to areas where the White House and Democrats could work on legislative items, saying, "Why can't we do it? It's up to him."

“That was our pledge during the campaign, ‘For the People,’ we would lower the cost of prescription drugs. I think that the president wants to do that. So, I hope that he would cooperate. He does want the U.S., Mexico, Canada free trade agreement. So do we — when we have assurances that there will be enforceability for America’s workers and America’s farmers. And we’re close. We’re on a path to yes.”