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Speaker Nancy Pelosi Talks Impeachment Inquiry in Des Moines

Clay Masters
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (right) talks with moderator Lindsay Paulson at Sheslow Auditorium at Drake University in Des Moines on Saturday.

Speaker of the U.S. House Nancy Pelosi brought up a recent court ruling that affirmed the legality of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Speaker Pelosi told several hundred people at Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium that she had been holding off calling for the impeachment inquiry for quite a while because she didn’t want to further divide the country.  

“I always said when we get more facts we will be ready. And we were ready,” Pelosi said. “The courts are now supporting everything as you probably saw yesterday we had another big court decision.”

On Friday, a judge ordered the Justice Department to give the House secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The ruling in favor of the House Judiciary Committee comes as lawmakers gather testimony from current and former government officials.

Pelosi also thanked the crowd for sending Congresswoman Cindy Axne to Congress in the 2018 election. Axne, a Democrat who represents Iowa’s third congressional district, spoke to the crowd ahead of Pelosi’s conversation.

The Polk County Democrats sponsored the event.

Later in the day, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Congressman Doug Collins, R-Ga., addressed the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition Fall Family Banquet in Des Moines where he condemned the impeachment inqury process. 

Clay Masters is Iowa Public Radio’s Morning Edition host and lead political reporter.