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Pelosi issues statement on impeachment as #ImpeachDonaldTrump trends on social media

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi issued a statement Monday afternoon discussing the path forward on any possible impeachment of President Donald Trump, just as #ImpeachDonaldTrump was trending on Twitter.

The Speaker did not appear to change her previously stated opinion of not wanting to “go down that path” because Trump is “not worth” impeaching, but did acknowledge the growing number of Democrats who are calling for the House to impeach the President.

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“While our views range from proceeding to investigate the findings of the Mueller report or proceeding directly to impeachment, we all firmly agree that we should proceed down a path of finding the truth,” she wrote in her letter to her Democratic colleagues (below). “It is also important to know that the facts regarding holding the President accountable can be gained outside of impeachment hearings.”

“As we proceed to uncover the truth and present additional needed reforms to protect our democracy, we must show the American people we are proceeding free from passion or prejudice, strictly on the presentation of fact.”

Promising to “scrupulously assert Congress’ constitutional duty to honor our oath of office to support and defend the Constitution and our democracy,” Speaker Pelosi insisted on making sure “the American people can learn the truth and Congress can make our decision on how to proceed.”

Full letter via CNN’s Phil Mattingly:

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Here’s what some are saying about #ImpeachDonaldTrump:

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