Greenville News: ‘Very sad time for our country’: Nancy Pelosi speaks during Democratic Party fundraising event in Greenville

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke about impeachment and the 2020 Presidential election at a Democratic Party fundraising event Friday evening in downtown Greenville.

About 550 to 700 people were expected to attend the sold-out event at the Hyatt Regency, organizers said. A crowd of several hundred protesters gathered outside the hotel before Pelosi took the stage.

Here’s a few key takeaways:

Pelosi talked about impeachment

Pelosi’s visit to the Upstate comes as House Democrats  lead an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. The inquiry comes after an anonymous whistleblower filed a complaint that Trump was soliciting the president of Ukraine for foreign interference in the 2020 election.

“Not any of us came to Congress to impeach a president,” she said Friday. “This is a very sad time for our country. This is a very somber time for our country.”

Pelosi talked about how news of Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine came on the anniversary the U.S. Constitution was signed.

“September 17 of this year, that very day, was the day that this explosion occurred and we found out about the telephone conversation, which is completely in defiance of the Constitution of the United States,” she said.

She went on to say she had been waiting to have more facts before Democrats moved forward with an impeachment inquiry.

“Some people say, ‘Why are you doing this, he’s not worth it to divide the country this way,'” she said. “He might not be, but our Constitution is worth it, and our democracy is worth it.”

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