House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) angrily shut down a media briefing over questions from reporters about what exactly the Democrats were doing about the impeachment process.
The agitated Democratic leader was frustrated that reporters were requesting clarity about the conflicting statements Democrats had made.
“Do you concede now that the impeachment inquiry for Mr. Trump is underway?” asked a reporter.
“Do I concede now?!” she said angrily, mocking the reporter by repeating the phrase he used.
“Have you not paid attention to what we’ve been talking about? For months we’ve been saying that we’re doing three things,” she explained.
“We’re investigating, we’re legislating, as six committees have been doing for months, six committees have been working for months, and third, we are litigating, we are taking the work of the committees into the courts,” she answered.
“How should the American people understand the work of this committee, when members are speaking very differently about it,” the reporter pressed.
“You’re the only ones who are sowing this!” she exclaimed.
“That isn’t true, ma’am!” he replied.
In another series of questions, she grew angry when she was asked to “set the record straight” on “mixed messages” from various Democrats on impeachment.
“I have said what I’m going to say on the subject, that’s it!” she angrily answered.
“We are legislating, we are focusing on the work that we’re here to do for the American people,” she said.
Another reporter asked if she was “uncomfortable” with the term “impeachment inquiry.”
Pelosi looked around in an exasperated fashion, as if angered that reporters kept asking about the same topic.
“We are on our path. Where it takes us, is where, we will follow the facts, that’s what it is,” she said after a few seconds.
“Why don’t we spend some time going over to see [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and asking him why he doesn’t want to save lives?” she demanded.
“Why he will let every day go by where at least a hundred people, a large number of them children and teenager die from gun violence?” she asked rhetorically.
“Why is that you’re hung up over a word over here when lives are at stake over there?!” she concluded before storming off.
Pelosi has been attempting to keep her caucus from running headlong into an impeachment inquiry, but many on the progressive wing of the party have clamored for more action ahead of the election.
Here’s the video of Pelosi’s outburst:
Pelosi gets upset, ends press conference after these questions