Pelosi: Trump is 'ethically unfit and intellectually unprepared to be president'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNorth Dakota Republican latest House breakthrough COVID-19 case Pelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Cheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump MORE (D-Cali.) slammed Trump as "ethically" and "intellectually" unfit for office Thursday, noting information revealed during the House impeachment inquiry at the end of last year. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE by ... what we saw in the impeachment, by what others are being quoted as saying in terms of leaders in the president's own administration, President Trump is clearly ethically unfit and intellectually unprepared to be the president of the United States,” Pelosi said during a press conference. 

“That doesn't seem to matter to the Republicans in the United States Senate. It didn't seem to matter to John BoltonJohn BoltonOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right Ex-Trump adviser Bolton defends Milley: 'His patriotism is unquestioned' MORE,” she added, referring to the former White House national security adviser who released excerpts of his forthcoming book the day before. “He chose loyalty over patriotism and so is going to make money off his book, I guess.” 

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Bolton refused to testify before the House during its impeachment inquiry, instead threatening to join a lawsuit contesting the House Democrats’ subpoenas seeking his associate’s testimony. 

Asked if she would want Bolton to testify in light of the new allegations released in excerpts of his forthcoming book, including alleging Trump solicited Chinese President Xi Jinping’s assistance in winning reelection, Pelosi suggested Bolton’s testimony would not make a difference. 

“We did impeach the president of the United States,” Pelosi said. “Removing him from office requires a vote of the Senate, and they have said — many of them have said there's nothing that John Bolton has put forth that would change their mind about removing the president from office because no matter how unfit the president is they just did not want a Democratic president.”