Scarborough to Pelosi: 'Our constitutional republic literally hangs on' what you do on impeachment

MSNBC's Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough, Brzezinski honor Cummings as 'true patriot fighting for justice and truth' MSNBC's Scarborough hits back at Trump: 'History will be kind' to Romney MSNBC signs Alicia Menendez as weekend anchor MORE told Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiCummings to lie in state at the Capitol House Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union —Dem wants more changes to Pelosi drug pricing bill | Ebola outbreak wanes, but funding lags | Johnson & Johnson recalls batch of baby powder after asbestos traces found MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday that "our constitutional republic literally hangs on the actions" that she and other lawmakers make in the coming months around impeachment during an interview on "Morning Joe."

"I know your mom and dad stay with you every day. What has your dad taught you to get you through a time like this? What do you keep in the back of your mind as our constitutional republic literally hangs on the actions that you and members of this House and Senate will make over the next couple of months?” the former GOP congressman asked of Pelosi.


“Well, you’re nice to ask about them," Pelosi responded. "I’m a believer, so I believe that they know everything that we are doing. I am prayerful about them every single day. But I do think that when I was born, I was born into a family that was deeply patriotic. We loved the flag. Proud of our Italian American heritage, devoutly Catholic and staunchly Democratic.”

In the extensive interview with the U.S. Capitol in the background of the outdoor set, the Speaker also claimed that Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrMulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe Mulvaney ties withheld Ukraine aid to political probe sought by Trump Matthew Shepard's parents blast Barr's LGBTQ record in anniversary of hate crime law MORE is going "rogue" in his efforts to help the president. 

She described his actions, and those of others, as being a part of a "cover-up" for Trump's conversations with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which are at the heart of the impeachment probe.

"He's gone rogue," Pelosi said. "I think where they're going is a cover-up of a cover-up."

"I think it's sad, to have a Justice Department go so rogue," she added. "Well, they have been for a while. And now it just makes matters worse."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFlorida GOP lawmaker says he's 'thinking' about impeachment Democrats introduce 'THUG Act' to block funding for G-7 at Trump resort Kurdish group PKK pens open letter rebuking Trump's comparison to ISIS MORE is under scrutiny for pressing Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump knocks Romney as 'Democrat secret asset' in new video Giuliani asked State Dept. to grant visa for ex-Ukraine official at center of Biden allegations: report Perry won't comply with subpoena in impeachment inquiry MORE. A whistleblower complaint alleges that White House officials observing the call thought Trump had abused his office, and that they engaged in activities to cover up the call.

Trump has said he did nothing wrong, and has accused Democrats of starting another "witch hunt" against him.

On Friday, he called on House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHouse Republicans 'demand the release of the rules' on impeachment Kasich says he'd back impeachment The Hill's 12:30 Report: White House does damage control after Mulvaney remarks MORE (D-Calif.) to “immediately” resign from Congress for misquoting Trump in a dramatic reading that Schiff later described as a parody of the president’s call with Zelensky. 

“He was supposedly reading the exact transcribed version of the call, but he completely changed the words to make it sound horrible, and me sound guilty,” Trump tweeted.  


Several polls taken this week show the public generally evenly split on Trump's impeachment.