Fact Check: Pelosi NOT In Wuhan, China, Six Days After Impeachment

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  • by: Gita Smith
Fact Check: Pelosi NOT In Wuhan, China, Six Days After Impeachment Wrong Place

Was U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Wuhan, China, six days after the impeachment proceedings against President Trump ended? No, that is not true. Not even close, according to government records.. She was in California six days after the House impeachment -- and in Kansas City in plain view, six days after the Senate voted February 5, 2020, to acquit Trump. So, no matter which date is used, she was nowhere near Wuhan -- the believed site of the coronavirus outbreak.

The post making the claim (archived here) came from Randall Thompson on Facebook on April 22, 2020. It says:

Pelosi was in Wouhan [sic] China 6 days after the impeachment HOAX failed.
Has anyone bothered to find out what she was doing there?"

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

Assuming the poster meant Trump's acquittal in the impeachment process, we'll start there.

As to her whereabouts on Feb. 11, Pelosi was posing with Democratic U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri in Kansas City, appearing before news cameras. As to what she was doing, the two had just made a friendly wager on Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers -- Pelosi's hometown team -- and the Kansas City Chiefs. Cleaver is the former mayor of Kansas City. They were talking football. Standing in public, in view of the media. She said:

Good morning, everyone. I'm very honored to be standing here with my colleague, Congressman Cleaver, former Mayor of Kansas City, now Representative in Congress of Kansas City -- very proud of his Kansas City Chiefs, as well he should be."

The speaker's schedule and whereabouts are a matter of public record.

Previous guesses about Pelosi's whereabouts have similarly failed. For example, Lead Stories debunked an April 23 accusation suggesting she was in Wuhan, China, ahead of the COVID-19 outbreak and sabotaged a trade deal.

But what if by "six days" Thompson meant that Pelosi went to China six days after the House did impeach Trump, before sending articles of impeachment to the Senate?

As stated in the U.S. Constitution, the House votes on articles of impeachment. Trump was found guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on Dec. 18, 2019. The vote was 230-197 to impeach, and will stay on the record despite the later acquittal, according to History.com.

So where was Pelosi on Dec. 24? At home, in California, getting ready for Christmas Eve with her family, and sending out this message:

This week, as we observe the holidays in our own faith traditions, let us pray for world peace. Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with us in our hearts, in our families, in our communities and in America."

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  Gita Smith

Gita Smith covered news for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Montgomery Advertiser, and she wrote/edited medical newsletters for American Health Consultants at the dawn of the AIDS epidemic when clear, factual information was as needed. 

For a time, she taught in Auburn University’s journalism department and ran the History-Geography lab at Alabama State University, where she taught students to write research papers . She believes the following to be true: The power of the free press may appear to be a weak reed to lean on, but it separates democracies from juntas.

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