People everywhere respect what is most remote and least liable to have its reputation put to the test. At the least reverse, many would look down on us, and would join our enemies against us.
Nancy Pelosi wants to keep her job, of course, but she also focuses on what the party must do to defeat President Trump. You do not seem to think a unified party leads to that outcome.
Government exercises legal, and moral authority only if it observes these limitations. When it operates outside the law, it exercises power with malice. That defines criminal activity.
In country after country where the government sets up and runs gulags, the state does not have to keep the camps secret.
“If people in authority have shown they do not know how to govern others, why should we let them?”