President Trump’s actions make former President Richard Nixon’s Watergate crimes look “small” by comparison, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during a Thursday press conference on the impeachment inquiry. “I have said this is something we do with a heavy heart. This is very prayerful,” Pelosi told reporters, acknowledging how divided the country is along partisan lines. “Because impeaching is a divisive thing in our country. It’s hard,” she said, arguing that public opinion turned rapidly against Nixon when the country started to see the evidence in public. “It wasn’t there before he left, even two weeks before he left it wasn’t there until the other shoe fell and he walked out the door. What President Trump has done on the record, in terms of acting to advantage, asking a foreign power to help him in his own election, and of the obstruction of information about that, the cover-up makes what Nixon did look almost small,” she continued. House Republicans will have a chance to be heard on the matter and will be able to suggest witnesses as the process progresses, Pelosi added.
Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) weighs in.