1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"So I stand by what we have been doing all along. I support what is happening in the Judiciary Committee because that enables them to do their process of of interrogation in their investigation and I salute them for that work."
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"So legislate, investigate, litigate. That's the path we have been on and that's the path we continue to be on. (question). The American people understand, you're the only ones who are sowing this ... Look, I traveled the entire country. Come with me sometime and you'll hear what the American people are saying. They understand that, that impeachment is a very divisive measure. But if we have to go there we'll have to go there, but we can't go there unless we have the facts and we will follow the facts and we will follow the obstruction that the president is making of us in getting the facts and make our decision when we're ready. That's the only question. That's all I'm going to say about this subject. And there's nothing different from one day to the next. We're still on our same path."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House:
"I'm not answering any more questions on this subject. That is what we have said all along. That is what we continue to do. And again in the American public, when I go out there, people are saying it's good to be careful about how we proceed and when we make a decision about this, whatever it may be we want the American people to respect that we were careful, that we were methodical, that we were accommodating of of the needs of the courts as we proceeded and of the ability of the president to exonerate himself. If you have exculpatory information that proves your innocence, let us see it. If not, you are obstructing our access to what that information may be. And that is where we are."
At a news conference after House Judiciary Committee approved guidelines for impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump, Pelosi was on the defensive.
She said she supports what the committee is doing, and "I salute them for that work." She said, though, that when she travels the country, "people are saying it's good to be careful about how we proceed."
Impeachment has divided Democrats who control the House. Democrats on Chairman Jerrold Nadler's committee, including some of the most liberal members of the House, have been eager to move forward with the process. But moderates, mostly first-term lawmakers who handed their party the majority in the 2018 election, are concerned about the committee's drumbeat on impeachment and the attention that comes with that continued action.
Given those divisions, Nadler and Pelosi have been talking about impeachment very differently. While Nadler has been clear that his committee is moving ahead, Pelosi is reluctant to mention the "I'' word and has repeatedly said the strategy is to "legislate, investigate and litigate." In private meetings, she has urged caution and told the caucus that the public isn't there yet on impeachment.
At the same time, she has signed off on the committee's moves.
Pressed on whether there were mixed messages coming from leadership and the committee, she wouldn't answer. "I have said what I am going to say on the subject," Pelosi said.