House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that there “is no cause for any joy” in launching a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
“This is a very sad time for our country,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said in an exclusive interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“We have to put country before party very clearly in the public view,” she added in her first interview since the impeachment inquiry was announced. “The impeachment of a president is as serious as our congressional responsibilities can be.”
Speaking out about her decision to support a formal impeachment inquiry after months of resisting, Pelosi said, “He gave us no choice.”
But she maintained that she would like to keep the inquiry narrowly aimed at the Ukraine scandal.
“I think we have to stay focused as far as the public is concerned on the fact that the president of the United States used taxpayer dollars to shake down the leader of another country for his own political gain.”
Pelosi, however, also suggested that Russia had a role in the ongoing scandal.
“It is wrong for any foreign government to interfere in our elections and here you have the president of the United States asking for that,” she said.
“I think Russia has a hand in this, by the way,” Pelosi said. She did not elaborate.
Asked if the impeachment process might conclude before the end of the year, Pelosi said only that her party would “move with purpose, and expeditiously, but not hastily.”
Thias article was originally published on NBC News.