WASHINGTON - Former first lady Michelle Obama called the impeachment proceedings into President Donald Trump "surreal" but remains hopeful for the country's future.
During an interview on the Today Show Monday, Obama said she thought the hearings were "surreal" and she doesn't think "people know what to make of it. But do I think we can come back from it? Oh yeah."
"We've seen worse times. We've seen tough times in this country. You know we've gone through depressions and wars and bombings and terrorist attacks, and we've gone through Jim Crow, and we've always come out stronger," she said.
"And that's what we have to continue to believe because what's our choice? To ball up in a corner and call it a day? Well, that's not fair to this next generation that's coming after us that are counting on us to get this right."
- TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 9, 2019
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Obama's comments come on the same day that the HousevJudiciary Committee held a hearing discussing two reports: one report from three other panels that found Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election, and another about the constitutional basis for impeachment.
The House is investigating whether Trump tried to withhold military assistance and a White House meeting from Ukraine unless they announced an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, one of his 2020 Democratic rivals, and his son Hunter, who once sat on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.
The contentious hearings and inquiry have led to many confrontations, disruptions and claims of partisanship as Republicans insist Democrats are trying to undo the 2016 election.
"It's not an 'us or them,' it's not an 'R or a D' (Republican or Democrat). We are all here as part of this country. We all want the same things. It's just sometimes that gets lost in the noise," Obama said.
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Both Michelle Obama and her husband, former President Barack Obama, have remained largely quiet about the impeachment inquiry thus far.
Contributing: Bart Jansen, Nicholas Wu
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