Pelosi: Trump's impeachment 'cannot be erased'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAs coronavirus surges, Trump tries to dismantle healthcare for millions Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Pelosi plans legislation to limit pardons, commutations after Roger Stone move MORE (D-Calif.) ahead of a vote on Wednesday to send House-passed articles of impeachment to the Senate for a trial doubled down on comments that impeachment will forever be a part of President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE's legacy.

During House floor debate on a resolution naming the seven House lawmakers who will serve as prosecutors — also known as impeachment managers — in the Senate trial, Pelosi said that the outcome in the upper chamber won't change the fact that the lower chamber voted to impeach the president.

The House, she said, was about to "cross a very important threshold in American history" by sending over the articles of impeachment accusing Trump of abusing his power and obstructing Congress.

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"Yes, it is a fact: When someone is impeached, they are always impeached. It cannot be erased. So I stand by that comment, although I know you don't like hearing it," Pelosi said in remarks in response to Republicans defending Trump.

Pelosi previously said that Trump is "impeached for life."

“This president is impeached for life regardless of any gamesmanship on the part of Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Ernst: Renaming Confederate bases is the 'right thing to do' despite 'heck' from GOP Advocacy groups pressure Senate to reconvene and boost election funding MORE,” she said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week." “There is nothing the Senate can do to ever erase that.”

Pelosi on Wednesday also dismissed complaints from Republicans questioning why she held onto the articles of impeachment for nearly a month in an attempt to pressure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to agree to demands for witness testimony.

She noted that she resisted calls for impeachment for months despite growing agitation among Democrats to launch the proceedings for other controversies that emerged long before Trump's efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate his political opponents while withholding nearly $400 million in military aid.

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Many Democrats had called for launching an impeachment inquiry over the obstruction of justice allegations in former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's investigation into Russian election interference, but Pelosi resisted.

"Don't talk to me about my timing," Pelosi said.

"For a long time, I resisted the calls from across the country for impeachment of the president for obvious violations of the Constitution that he had committed. But recognizing the divisiveness of impeachment, I held back. Frankly, I said, this president isn't worth it. But when he acted the way he did in relationship to withholding funds from Ukraine in return for a benefit to him that was personal and political, he crossed a threshold. He gave us no choice," Pelosi continued.

"He gave us no choice," she repeated for emphasis.

Earlier on Wednesday, Pelosi named the seven Democrats who will serve as impeachment managers: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSunday shows preview: Coronavirus poses questions about school safety; Trump commutes Roger Stone sentence Pelosi plans legislation to limit pardons, commutations after Roger Stone move Trump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' MORE (Calif.), Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler: Barr dealings with Berman came 'awfully close to bribery' Nadler wins Democratic primary Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November MORE (N.Y.), Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesReparations bill gains steam following death of George Floyd Karen Bass's star rises after leading police reform push The Hill's 12:30 Report: Supreme Court ruling marks big win for abortion rights groups MORE (N.Y.), House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe LofgrenZoe Ellen LofgrenState and local officials beg Congress to send more election funds ahead of November FEC commissioner resigns, leaving agency without a quorum again OVERNIGHT ENERGY: DOJ whistleblower says California emissions probe was 'abuse of authority' | EPA won't defend policy blocking grantees from serving on boards | Minnesota sues Exxon, others over climate change MORE (Calif.), and Reps. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsSusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race Liberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP Democrats seize on Florida pandemic response ahead of general election MORE (Fla.), Jason CrowJason CrowBipartisan lawmakers introduce bill to limit further expansion of 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force Some in Congress want to keep sending our troops to Afghanistan Celebrating our freedoms and counting all military votes this November MORE (Colo.) and Sylvia GarciaSylvia GarciaHispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs Hispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president 1 suspect dead, 1 arrested in disappearance of US soldier MORE (Texas).

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During the House floor debate on the resolution, Pelosi sat in a row with all the impeachment managers except for Nadler, who was handling the debate for Democrats.

The Speaker concluded her remarks by comparing the gravity of Congress considering impeachment of a president to authorizing war.

"This is as serious as it gets for any of us. Only the vote to declare war would be something more serious than this. We take it very seriously. It's not personal. It's not political. It's not partisan. It's patriotic," Pelosi said.

--This report was updated at 3:48 p.m.