Charlie Hurt: Pelosi knows impeachment is a 'huge loser' politically

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., knows that the impeachment hearings are a "huge loser" politically, Washington Times Opinion Editor and Fox News contributor Charlie Hurt said Wednesday.

Appearing on "Fox & Friends" with host Steve Doocy, Hurt said that Pelosi fought the impeachment push for a long time and "that's the real indication that this is bad news for Democrats."

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"She did not want to go down this road. She realizes that this is a huge loser for Democrats, but her part went a different direction and she had to run over and kind of get back in front of them because she cares more about power than she does about principle," he told Doocy.

On Wednesday morning, House Democrats are set to host the first public hearing involving the potential impeachment of a president since Nov. 19, 1998.

"It’s a sad day," Pelosi told Fox News on Tuesday. "A calm day. A prayerful day." For his part, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., called the hearings a "solemn undertaking" in a letter to colleagues.

"You have these people who have taken the most powerful tool the legislative branch has – impeachment – and they've turned it into a political cudgel. Which is not at all what the founders intended," said Hurt.

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"And so, when you hear Adam Schiff and Democrats use all these squirrelly words like quid pro quo, bribery, all these things — it's all because they can't specify exactly where Donald Trump broke any law or did anything particularly wrong," he explained.

Fox News' Chad Pergram, Gregg Re, Mike Emanuel, Brooke Singman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.