1. Reporter asks Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi question
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"I appreciate that question because it seems to me that the answer is self-evident. Again, we're here to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. The world, witnessed the incitement that the president caused to incite an insurrection against our government, against our Capitol, against members of Congress, with the use of force and violence. So we... for us to... Why bother? Why bother? Ask our founders, why bother? Ask those who wrote the Constitution, ask Abraham Lincoln. Ask anyone who cares about our democracy why we are bothering. You cannot go forward until you have justice. What did we say about the Preamble to the Constitution? Didn't we say it started out with justice? We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union establish justice."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the decision to impeach former President Donald Trump for the second time, saying for those who say, "why bother?" ... "ask anyone who cares about our democracy why we are bothering."
Pelosi was responding to reporter questions Thursday.
Later Thursday, House Democrats announced they are asking former President Donald Trump to testify under oath for his Senate impeachment trial. They are challenging the former president to explain why he and his lawyers have disputed key factual allegations at the center of the case.
A Trump adviser did not immediately return a message seeking comment about the letter from House impeachment managers. The Senate impeachment trial starts in earnest on Feb. 9. Trump is charged with inciting a mob of his supporters that stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6.
House impeachment managers made the request for Trump's testimony in a letter Thursday.