House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images House Speaker Pelosi said Trump won’t receive a "get out of jail" card for the Capitol riot.
"People died here on January 6," she said. "That is damage that must be addressed."
The Senate will soon hold an impeachment trial and determine whether to bar Trump from public office.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shot down the notion that impeaching former President Donald Trump could alienate Republicans and undercut the message of unity that the newly-inaugurated Biden administration is advocating.
"I’m not worried about that," Pelosi said at a news conference Wednesday when she was asked about the ongoing impeachment proceedings. "The fact is, the president of the United States committed an act of incitement of insurrection. I don’t think it’s very unifying to say, ‘Oh, let’s just forget it and move on.’ That’s not how you unify."
Pelosi went on to say of Trump, "Just because he’s now gone – thank God – you don’t get to say to a president, ‘Do whatever you want in the last months of your administration. You’re going to get a get-out-of-jail card free because people think we should make nice-nice and forget that people died here on January 6 .’"
The California Democrat was referring to the attempted coup at the Capitol that was led by Trump supporters and repeatedly egged on by the former president as part of his crusade to stop the peaceful transfer of power. Five people died as a result of the siege, including a Capitol Police officer whom Trump supporters beat with a fire extinguisher.
On January 13, the House of Representatives impeached Trump for incitement of insurrection over his actions leading up to the riot.
With 10 Republicans siding with Democrats , it was the most bipartisan impeachment vote in US history . Trump is also the only president who has been impeached twice.