GREENVILLE — Headlining a fundraiser Friday night for South Carolina Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she is committed to leading Congress through the “difficult” process of launching an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
“Not any of us came to Congress to impeach a president,” said Pelosi, D-Calif. “This is a very sad time for our country. This is a very somber time for our country.”
Pelosi’s visit to the Upstate came at a particularly galvanizing moment in political history, about a week and a half after she opened a formal impeachment inquiry over Trump’s efforts to enlist a foreign country to investigate the son of a potential 2020 political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.
In a nearly 30-minute speech to the crowd of around 500 Democratic donors in Greenville, Pelosi listed a plethora of legislative priorities, including lowering heath care costs and prescription drug prices, funding infrastructure improvements and strengthening ethics laws.
But she also argued Congress has a duty to defend the Constitution and democratic principles.
“We are legislating,” Pelosi said. “Unfortunately, we also have to be investigating.”
The visit served as a rare embrace by South Carolina Democrats of a political figure whose national brand as a San Francisco progressive had long been viewed by some as politically toxic in the South.