House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appeared on Thursday’s “The Late Show,” where she explained how she came to support an impeachment inquiry, and told Stephen Colbert she “prayed” for America after learning about Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president.
In a preview of the interview, Colbert asks Pelosi what the first words out of her mouth were after finding out that Trump attempted to pressure Volodymyr Zelensky into investigating Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, by threatening to withhold military aid. “We can bleep them if need be,” Colbert promised.
Pelosi didn’t actually swear though. Instead, she told Colbert “I prayed for the United States of America, adding that the situation is “sad,” because “we don’t want to impeach a president, we don’t want the reality that a president has done something that is in violation of the Constitution.”
Pelosi continued by noting that she was a hard sell on the question of impeachment. “I had not been, shall we say, enthusiastic about the divisiveness that would occur from a (sic) impeachment,” but she said, “this was something that you could not ignore.”
“In one conversation, he undermined our security, by withholding military assistance to a country… to the benefit of the Russians,” Pelosi said about Trump. “At the same time, he jeopardized the integrity of our elections, the heart of our democracy. And in doing so, in my view, he possibly violated his oath of office.”
Watch the clip below, and see the full interview at 11:35 p.m. on “The Late Show.”
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