SAN FRANCISCO — House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump antagonizes both parties on trade Trump’s surprise trade strategy threatens new NAFTA 20 percent of Americans can’t define ‘socialism’ even as it’s become the focus of 2020 MORE told California Democrats that Congress would continue aggressive investigations into President TrumpDonald John TrumpOcasio-Cortez returns to bartending in support of tipped workers: ‘Still got it!’ Trade wars have cost stock market trillion: Deutsche Bank analysis Dollar stores warn they will have to raise prices over tariffs MORE and the Trump administration, stopping short of calling for the beginning of an impeachment inquiry.

Addressing the California Democratic Party’s annual convention in her home district, Pelosi cited former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerDemocratic lawmaker: ‘The only thing I can get on TV to talk about’ is impeachment Biden campaign: Impeachment ‘may be unavoidable’ now Chris Christie: Mueller ‘contradicts’ Barr’s summary of his findings MORE‘s report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential
election.

“In his report, special counsel Mueller warned us in the starkest terms that there was an attack on our election and an attack on our democracy,” Pelosi said. “Why won’t the president defend us from this attack?”

“What is the president covering up?” she asked. “We must investigate the president’s welcoming of the assault on our democracy.

A single protester shouting “Impeach!” soon became a few, then a few dozen and then perhaps a hundred as Pelosi seemed to hint at a future inquiry.

“This isn’t about politics, it isn’t about partisanship, Democrats versus Republicans, no. It’s about patriotism, it’s about the sanctity of the constitution and it’s about the future of our nation. We will go where the facts lead us. We will insist on the truth. We will build an ironclad case to act,” Pelosi said.

“President Trump will be held accountable for his actions. In the Congress, in the courts, and in
the court of public opinion, we will defend our democracy,” she added.

Pelosi and House Democratic leadership have played down talk of impeachment, even as a growing portion of the House Democratic Caucus calls for an inquiry. Pelosi told late-night host Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelKimmel presses Pelosi on Trump impeachment: ‘Why not?’ Three names who changed the channel on late-night TV: Stewart, Colbert and Trump Fox News’s ‘Greg Gutfeld Show’ draws more viewers than weeknight hosts Seth Meyers, James Corden MORE on Thursday that the party had to be prepared to build a case.

“We have a defiance of the Constitution of the United States, and so when we go down this path, we have to be ready, and it has to be clear to the American people, and we have to hope that it’ll be clear to the Republicans in the United States Senate,” she said Thursday, comments she echoed Saturday.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerSeven key allies for Pelosi on impeachment Democrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Trump asks if Nadler will look into Clinton’s ‘deleted and acid washed’ emails MORE (D-N.Y.), who would chair impeachment hearings, said Friday he was conscious of the need to build public support for impeachment.

“Impeachment is a political act, and you cannot impeach a president if the American people will not support it,” Nadler told WNYC. “The American people right now do not support it because they do not know the story. They don’t know the facts. We have to get the facts out. We have to hold a series of hearings, we have to hold the investigations.”

Fifty House Democrats have called for opening an impeachment inquiry. Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashSchiff decries ‘epidemic of cowardice’ in GOP Republican group to hand-deliver Mueller report to every GOP lawmaker Five lingering questions after Mueller’s remarks MORE (R-Mich.) is the only Republican who has called for impeachment.

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