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Nancy Pelosi has said no to a full House vote on the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump - at least for now, sparing vulnerable lawmakers from having to take a a public position on a politically tough issue.
'There's no requirement we have a vote and at this time we'll not be having one,' she said on Capitol Hill Tuesday night.
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The president and Republican lawmakers have blasted the speaker for not holding such a vote, which she has long argued is not necessary for Democrats to proceed.
But she is ignoring their demand.
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'We're not here to call bluffs. We're here to find the truth,' Pelosi said in response to the pressure from Republicans and the White House.
She charged Republicans have turned to attacking the process as they have no substance to defend the president.
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'They have no substance. They can't defend the president so they're going to process,' she said after a press conference on Capitol Hill after a meeting with her Democratic lawmakers.
There are reports of disagreement among Pelosi and her leadership team - including the committee chairs leading the investigation into Trump - about whether or not to hold such a vote.
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