Pelosi insists Trump's removal from office not a lost cause

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she’s not ruling out a House subpoena for former National Security Adviser John Bolton if Senate Republicans rule out calling witnesses.
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Here at home, setting the stage for the historic impeachment trial showdown. House speaker Nancy Pelosi signaling she'll transmit the articles of impeachment to the senate within days, the senate trial beginning as early as this week. And speaker Pelosi says she may subpoena John Bolton, and reminding president trump no matter what happens in the senate, when you're impeached, you're impeached forever. He had something to say about that. ABC's David Wright is at the white house. Reporter: The likelihood that impeachment will result in president trump's removal from office may be next to nil, but today speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted it's not a lost cause. This president is impeached there's nothing the senate can do that can ever erase that. Reporter: The president disputes that tweeting today, "Why should I have the stigma of impeachment attached to my name when I did nothing wrong?" They have rendered the constitution of the united States and its words meaningless. Reporter: Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told Fox News there is a way the senate can clear his client's name, by throwing out the case as soon as chief justice John Roberts gavels the trial to order. The rules are set by the senate. Right. Then the chief justice interprets the rules. Okay. The chief justice will be given the power to dismiss. Dismissing is a cover-up. If they want to go that route, again, the senators who are thinking now about voting for witnesses or not, they will have to be accountable for not having a fair trial. Reporter: Democrats still hope to hear from key witnesses the administration blocked from testifying in the house starting with former national security advisor John Bolton. We haven't eliminated the possibility of ever subpoenaing and going forward with Bolton. Reporter: Senate majority leader Mitch Mcconnell has stuck to his guns on that point. There will be no haggling with the house over senate procedure. All right, David Wright joins us live from the white house. Dave, we know Democrats want witnesses, and the president has even suggested his own witnesses, as well. Reporter: That's right, Tom. Today the president even suggested calling Nancy Pelosi and as his former campaign manager Steve Bannon put it, trump understands that the jury here is not the senate. The jury is the American people. He doesn't want it to seem like this is being thrown out on a technicality. Politically the president wants to win, Tom. David Wright for us at the

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