2020-09-20 16:44:41 UTC
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday refused to rule out using impeachment to
block Senate Republicans from voting on President Trumps nominee to fill the
Supreme Court vacancy caused by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburgs death.
ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos raised the possibility with Pelosi that
the Democrat-controlled House would move to impeach Trump or Attorney General
William Barr to stop the Senate from voting during a lame-duck session.
Well, we have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that Im not about to
discuss right now, but the fact is we have a big challenge in our country,
Pelosi said on ABC News This Week.
This president has threatened to not even accept the results of the election
with statements that he and his henchmen have made.
The California Democrat said that members of Congress take an oath to protect
and defend the Constitution of the United States. We have a responsibility to
meet the needs of the American people.
So, right now, our main goal and I think Ruth Bader Ginsburg would want that
to be would be to protect the integrity of the election as we protect the
American people from the coronavirus, Pelosi said as the death toll to the
pandemic in the US neared 200,000.
So, again, when people say, what can I do? You can vote. You can get out the
vote, and you can do so as soon as possible, she said.
Trump said over the weekend that he would nominate someone to fill Ginsburgs
Supreme Court seat this week, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he
would have the GOP-controlled Senate take it up this fall.
Pelosi called the 87-year-old Ginsburg, who died on Friday, a powerful,
brilliant brain on the court.
She was brilliant, and she was strategic, and she was successful. And she did
more for equality for women in our country than anyone that you can name, and
women appreciate that, and I think that you will see women weighing in on all of
these decisions, be the elections, confirmations or the rest, Pelosi said.