Nancy Pelosi said 'no one is above the law' in her first interview since the House voted to move into the next phase of the impeachment inquiry.
The House Speaker appeared on Stephen Colbert's The Late Show last night to answer questions on the Democrat moves to remove President Trump from the White House.
Earlier Congress passed an impeachment resolution by 232 to 196, which went along party lines, to formally investigate Trump's alleged threat to withhold military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure the country's president to investigate a political rival.
Pelosi said President Trump 'jeopardized the integrity of our elections' and national security 'to the benefit of the Russian' during a July phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he is accused of offering a 'quid pro quo' so that authorities in Ukraine would investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
She was greeted onto the stage last night by cheers from the audience, as the band played Carole King's 'I Feel the Earth Move'.
Colbert started the interview by thanking Pelosi 'for being on our silly show', as this was 'truly an historic day' and that 'I know you've had a busy one'.
Nancy Pelosi gave her first interview since the House passed the impeachment inquiry to Stephen Colbert on The Late Show
President Donald Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry over his dealing with Ukraine. He is pictured (above) speaking during a Medal of Honor ceremony on Wednesday
Pelosi began by saying that 'this is a sad day for our country', before adding: 'We do this prayerfully, and with great seriousness.
'Nobody goes to Congress to impeach a president and you've had your fun with the policy and the personality and the rest, and that's about the election. The patriotism, the Constitution, is really what impeachment is about.'
When asked 'are we done, is the president impeached?' as a result of yesterday's vote, Pelosi replied that the impeachment resolution was merely a 'continuation' of the inquiry the House has been conducting and was done to 'set for the rules of procedure'.
She also thanked Colbert for his 'patriotism' and went on to say that the next stage would be 'spelling out the president's rights, due process for him how a majority and a minority will have equal time to question witnesses'.
So far the impeachment inquiry has operated behind closed doors, but the next stage will see lawmakers from both sides of the House have access to documents and be able