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Pelosi: Ask founders, why bother on impeachment

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the decision to impeach former President Donald Trump for the second time, saying for those who say, "why bother ...ask anyone who cares about our democracy why we are bothering." (Feb. 4)

Video Transcript

- Looking ahead to the impeachment trial next week, it will be one month since the attack on the Capitol.

NANCY PELOSI: Yes.

- The former president is long gone. There are plenty of people who say, why bother? Why go through this entire exercise? What do you say to them?

NANCY PELOSI: Well, I appreciate that question because it seems to me that the answer is self-evident. Again, we're here to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. The world witnessed the incitement that the president caused to incite an insurrection against our government, against our Capitol, against members of Congress, with the use of force and violence.

So for us to-- why bother? Why bother? Ask our founders why bother. Ask those who wrote the Constitution. Ask Abraham Lincoln. Ask anyone who cares about our democracy why we are bothering. You cannot go forward until you have justice.

And what did we say about the preamble to the Constitution? Didn't we say it started out with justice? "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice."