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

MSNBC's Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughControversial radio host Don Imus dies at 79 Scarborough: 'Teflon Joe' Biden weathering storm amid Warren's 'political bleeding' Richard Haass to Scarborough: Thursday 'one of Donald Trump's best days as president' MORE told Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment Trump chooses high-profile but controversial legal team Trump: Impeachment timing intended to hurt Sanders 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.

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“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 BarrDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Pentagon to place new restrictions, monitoring on foreign military students Parnas: Environment around Trump 'like a cult' 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 TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE is under scrutiny for pressing Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders to headline Iowa event amid impeachment trial Hillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Sanders-Warren feud: 'Don't play to the pundits, play to voters' 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 SchiffDems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff 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.