Rep. Zeldin: Pelosi 'got rolled by the far left of her conference' on impeachment

Rep. Zeldin: Pelosi 'got rolled by the far left of her conference' on impeachment
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In an interview with radio talk show host John Catsimatidis, Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Dybul interview; Boris Johnson update Sanders: 'Unfair to simply say everything is bad' in Cuba under Castro Trump allies blast Romney over impeachment vote: 'A sore loser' MORE (R-N.Y.) said that Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrip that led to acting Navy secretary's resignation cost 3K: reports Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans MORE (D-Calif.) got "rolled by the far left of her conference" on the House's impeachment proceedings.

"I don’t think that [Nancy Pelosi] brought forth this impeachment because she woke up one day and decided that impeachment was the right thing to do," Zeldin told Catsimatidis. 

"I think that she got rolled by the far left of her conference. They forced her to take on this impeachment. I don’t think she wanted to be in this place."

Zeldin also said that because of the impeachment proceedings, Pelosi and company had to give the USMCA trade deal as a win to Trump and Republicans.

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“Politically, if you’re going to move forward with this ridiculous impeachment, that’s why they’re trying to get USMCA over the finish line. And that’s why they don’t want a government shut down - because they will be blamed for it," Zeldin said.

"There are wins here for the president that the speaker conceded on because she knows just how incredibly stupid this impeachment push is," he added.

The New York congressman described the impeachment as "toxic," saying that the whole process was "sucking up way too much bandwidth."

This week, Pelosi and House Democrats formally introduced two articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE: the first accusing him of abusing his power by leaning on a foreign country to open an investigation into a political rival, and a second accusing him of obstruction of Congress by refusing to comply with the impeachment probe. 

On Thursday, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance the two articles of impeachment against Trump.

The articles now move to the floor of the House where they're expected to be voted on sometime in the coming week. While the vote is expected to pass in the House, in recent days, some moderate Democrats have balked on voting yes.

Additionally, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell to try to pass small business funds Thursday, warns against holding it 'hostage' Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans MORE (R-Ky.) has said that a Senate trial won't begin until January.

Trump has called the impeachment investigation into his dealings with Ukraine a "witch hunt" and urged Republicans to defend him during a Senate trial.