Listen: Nancy Pelosi: The 2019 60 Minutes interview
"Pelosi is the most powerful woman in American political history. She's been speaker of the house not once but twice and President George W Bush's nickname for her was three because of her place in line for the presidency under her leadership last year. The Democrats won back control of the house. The San Francisco liberal is now the voice of her party and chief critic of President Trump. She's also keeping close tabs on at least six house committees investigating the president, and she's pressing for release of the full unredacted Mullah report. The the report is about an attack on our elections by a foreign government. And we want to know about that we want to know about that in terms of being able to prevent it from happening again. So it's bigger even than Donald. Trump through says, she doesn't trust attorney general William bar. Do you think that the attorney general is covering anything up? I had no idea. And no idea you want us navy whitewashing. But I don't know if he's covering anything up. It's no use having that discussion. All we need to do is see the molar report and asking for the president's tax returns. It should not have taken this long for the president. He said he was under audit. When I was in a I was going to Martin Luther King breakfast in San Francisco, and one of the waiters there said to me, ma'am, speaker when the president says the mole reports going onto long just tell them not as long as your audit. Everybody has released the returns, and we will have legislation to say that everyone should must. But for the moment, he's been. So what's he hiding? Just hit her hundredth day as speaker. She recently called the president to ask for a meeting on infrastructure, but there's no sign that the gridlock that has plagued congress for years is easing one of the complaints. We've heard is that you don't reach across the aisle. Is it seems like right now nothing is getting done. You pass things. Whatever it is dies in the Senate died. Mooning together one hundred days the fact that we've been passed them in the house is a victory. Let's figure out the places where we can find common ground. There's always been bipartisan support for dreamers bipartisan support for gun safety bipartisan support for infrastructure, but why doesn't anything get done with? We just started. We just started with three months since we're in office. But you're talking about one hundred days per this president's been in office for two years, plus and we've been here three months. Hey, man, introduced to the idea of the spout power. The speaker is to set the agenda. We didn't have a speaker who would bring a gun Bill to the floor. We didn't have a speaker who would bring a dreamers issue to the floor. We do now. And that's a very big difference. That power of the speaker is awesome. Awesome. We feel successful and what we have done. But her becoming speaker was in doubt last December. When a group in her caucus agitated for a change to someone younger. It was the president of all people who rescued her in that now famous Oval Office meeting Nancy's in a situation where it's not easy for her to talk right now that did not sit well with her. Please don't characterize the trunk that I bring this as leader of the House Democrats who've just want a big victory right after the meeting. She walked to the mites center, orange coat with a whole new image her ascendance to the speakership no longer in jeopardy. Good afternoon. Using to be one of the very very few people who have stood up to him and to people to it is maybe not so much in public the way. This was televised. Well, that was his problem. In other words, I tried to say, let's not have this conversation in the public domain because you saying things that we have to contradict because they're not true. And he said, oh, I want the public to see will you want them to see that? You don't know what you're talking about? Really is what you said you've said if someone's ripping your face off you rip their face do that. And that's what it was. You know, you have this. I probably said, you know, they just have to know you throw punch you take a punch from grandmother. Then at the state of the union. She did her mocking clap, and it went viral now if you go to her own campaign website, you'll see she's touting herself as the patron Saint of shade. This is your new branding of Nancy bowlers. They made me kind of like a giant slayer almost or when I think that is killer. No, I think that happened to be a manifestation of the wind power that is coming forth now, but only one manifestation. Welcome to the tax today. She's a more self-assured Nancy Pelosi more willing to promote herself. I think I'm the best person to go forward. She told us that our democratic values are being threatened and says unabashedly that she is the right person to stand up for them as their founders said when they declared independence in the status in new nation. The times have found us time sound Lincoln not to be presumptuous to put ourselves in those categories, but the times had found us not because we're so great, but because of the urgency of the situation that country faces because of the situation the White House. Do you solemnly swear? In january. She swore in one hundred sixteenth congress that includes forty-three New Democrats from Republican districts who are called the moderates. Plus the most diverse caucus in history with unprecedented numbers of people of color and a wreck. Ninety one women. She is given high marks even among Republicans. We spoke to help you God. For her skills as a legislator in effective negotiator. We spoke to a group of democratic congresswoman veterans and freshman to ask how she wheels her power. She constantly is weaving. People together. That she was a moderate figure out how to"