"Look, that's our responsibility to uphold the integrity of the Congress of the United States. That's our responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. And that is what we will do," Pelosi said.
Pelosi said on Thursday she will consult with fellow Democrats in coming days about the Senate's readiness to begin an impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump for his alleged role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
On Jan. 13 the House approved one article of impeachment against Trump, making him the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. Now it is up to the Democratic-controlled Senate to decide whether Trump is guilty of the incitement charge. A two-thirds vote would be needed for the first-ever conviction of a U.S. president.
- You mentioned unity and a message of unity yesterday. Are you at all concerned about moving forward with an impeachment trial could undercut that message and alienate the public and supporters of the president?
NANCY PELOSI: No, I'm not worried about that. The fact is the president of the United States committed an act of incitement of insurrection. I don't think it's very unifying to say, oh, let's just forget it and move on. That's not how you unify.
Joe Biden said it beautifully. If you're going to unite, you must remember. And we must bring this-- and look, that's our responsibility, to uphold the integrity of the Congress of the United States. That's our responsibility, to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. And that is what we will do.
And just because he's now gone, thank god, that we-- you don't say to a president, do whatever you want in the last months of your administration. You're going to get a get out of jail card free because people think we should make nice-nice and forget that people died here on January 6, that the attempt to undermine our election, to undermine our democracy, to dishonor our Constitution-- no, I don't see that at all. I think that would be harmful to unity.