Willie Nelson front and center at Nancy Pelsoi speech in Austin

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by Jordan Bontke

AUSTIN, Texas — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it’s was “clear” to her to launch the impeachment inquiry after knowing the facts from the president’s phone call with a foreign government and reading the whistle blower’s complaint.

As the final speaker of the Texas Tribune Festival, Nancy Pelosi brought in a crowd that filled the Paramount theater, even Willie Nelson sat near the front to hear her speak.

“What happened in that phone conversation, that a president of the United States would withhold military assistance which was paid for by taxpayer money to shake down the leader of another country unless he did him a favor, this is so clear,” said Pelosi.

Pelosi said investigating facts surrounding a possible impeachable offense shouldn’t be something to be proud for those involved or those who are watching it unfold.

“It’s sad, we must be somber, we must be prayerful we must purse the facts further,” she said.

Many democrats and presidential hopefuls have put their support behind the inquiry and Pelosi was asked if any Republicans would publicly support impeachment.

“Let me just say that my fidelity to the oath of office to protect and defend the constitution does not depend where the republicans are in congress,” said Pelosi.

The full weekend brought in multiple democratic presidential candidates like South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Former U.S. Representative of El Paso, Beto O’Rourke.

“You’re not going to endorse one of those candidates, tonight are you?” asked Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune.

“Oh, I don’t get involved in presidential races, I have enough to deal with in the House of Representatives,” said Pelosi to a laughing crowd.

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