House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she isnt sure when the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump will be finished or if it will be done by the years end or continue into next year, the strongest indication yet that the inquiry could interfere with the 2020 presidential election.
On Sunday, in an interview with CBS News “Face the Nation,” Pelosi refused to say what charges, if any, would be levied against Trump by House Democrats. She declined to say whether Trumps tweet criticizing former U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch during her testimony would bring any charges.
Trump wrote that Yovanovitch performed her job duties poorly during the Friday hearing, saying “everywhere” she went in her official capacity “went bad.” Trump later told reporters that he has freedom of speech like anyone else and doesnt believe he intimidated her.
“I havent had a lot of time to pay attention to the presidents tweets and the legal implications of them. I just think that was totally wrong and inappropriate,” she said.
Like other top-level Democrats, Pelosi has refused to say when articles of impeachment would be presented against Trump and also would not commit to an end date to the inquiry.
“I have no idea,” Pelosi told “Face the Nation“ host Margaret Brennan after she was asked about whether the inquiry will be wrapped up by the end of December of this year.
“It is self-evident that we have open hearings for the next week. I dont know if there are any beyond that,” she added, saying depositions could occur Thanksgiving week. “And then when we come back [from Thanksgiving], maybe a decision or maybe they have more hearings.”
In the interview, Pelosi also said that she would “look forward” to any information that clears Trump.
“If he has information that is exculpatory … then we look forward to seeing it,” Pelosi added in the interview. “The president could come right before the committee and talk, speak all the truth that he wants if he wants,” she added.