It was just one month ago that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) got the ball rolling on the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump — but now that the Senate is finally hearing the case, it seems the one who launched the proceedings in the first place no longer wants to talk about them.
That became evident during a press conference Thursday in which Pelosi repeatedly dodged questions about the Senate’s ongoing impeachment trial, as the Daily Caller reported.
In one instance, the speaker interrupted a reporter to insist she hadn’t — and wouldn’t — bring up the trial. Instead, she asserted that she’ll allow the House’s impeachment managers to make their case in the upper chamber.
“May I just, may I just, before you spend any more time on it, I have not said anything, you haven’t heard me talk about impeachment in the past weeks leading up to this,” Pelosi said Thursday, as the Daily Caller reported. “They are making the case.”
“A court of the Senate”
The journalist had reportedly tried to ask Pelosi about a “heart-wrenching” presentation from the Democratic managers on Wednesday — a collection of audio and video clips from the Jan. 6 Capitol riot at the heart of the matter — but Pelosi cut the reporter off.
Pressed further, Pelosi vowed not to broach the topic. “I’m not going to be responding to what happened yesterday or what might happen today, except to salute them for the excellence of what they have presented and how proud we are of them. So, I won’t be answering any questions,” she said, according to a transcript from her office.
The reporter wanted to hear what Pelosi thought it would “say” about Senate Republicans if they ultimately acquitted the president.
“Well, you know, again, let’s let the presentation work its way out,” Pelosi finally replied. “The American people, we’re in a court of the Senate right now. We’re also in the court of public opinion. We’re in the court of our families, who will make judgments about us, and we’re in a court of history.”
“In the hands of our managers”
Later, another reporter asked the speaker if she had devised any other “avenues of accountability” for Trump in the event that the Senate trial ends in an acquittal.
She demurred on that, too.
“I don’t — as I say, this pursuit of justice and truth is in the hands of our managers,” Pelosi insisted. “I will have some things to say maybe next week, but not this week. Let’s just see how — what the case is and what their response is to it, but I’m not acting upon something that hasn’t happened yet.”
Fox News congressional correspondent Chad Pergram later identified himself as the reporter that Pelosi had interrupted, lamenting in a tweet that the speaker “sidesteps my question about if the impeachment managers fail to convince Republican senators to convict and if they make their case.”