House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday wouldn’t directly address why House Democrats failed to go to court to try to compel former and current Trump administration members to testify during their impeachment inquiry.
“At first they said why didn’t we wait for the courts to go through this and that,” Pelosi said of President Trump’s legal team’s defense in the Senate impeachment trial. “Because justice delayed is justice denied. We would not be able to get our work done.”
The California Democrat said Republicans in the Senate “can subpoena those same people and save a great deal of time.”
The matter of calling witnesses has become one of the critical points in the Senate impeachment trial — an issue that could come to a head Friday when senators will begin to debate whether witnesses should appear or more documents be subpoenaed.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, in his opening statement of his panel’s first impeachment hearing last month, claimed Trump invited foreign interference in the 2020 election and has pledged to “fight all of the subpoenas” as the reasons for an expedited handling of the case.
“We are all aware that the next election is looming — but we cannot wait for the election to address the present crisis. The integrity of that election is the very thing at stake,” he said.
Pelosi said if the Senate fails to call witnesses, Trump will not be fully acquitted.
“You cannot be acquitted if you don’t have a trial, and you don’t have a trial if you don’t have witnesses and documentation and that,” she said at the news conference.