“There’s not a Democrat in Washington who doubts Nancy Pelosi will be elected as speaker on Jan. 3. That is, as long as everybody shows up,” Politico reports.
“Pelosi and her supporters have begun a weeks-long lobbying blitz to ensure that virtually every House Democrat will be present to vote on that first Sunday next month. It’s not just the slimmer majority on Pelosi’s mind. Democrats say the biggest threat is achieving near-perfect attendance amid a raging virus that’s infected dozens of members this year.”
“A single Democrat forced to stay home because of illness or quarantine could upset Pelosi’s careful balancing act.”
Molly Ball: “What is most striking about this moment in Pelosi’s career is that at the peak of power, she is not protecting her position but rather using it in aggressive, even risky ways. Impeaching Trump is a gamble for Pelosi. It has intensified Republicans’ fealty to the President, rallying his base and supercharging his campaign fundraising, potentially increasing his re-election chances. The polarizing effort could jeopardize Democrats who hold seats in Trump territory, and thereby endanger Pelosi’s House majority. With impeachment, Pelosi is betting her own place in history.”
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) slammed current Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) strategy to delay reporting articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, The Hill reports.
Said Gingrich: “He ought to send her a beautiful ‘thank you’ note saying that no one has done more to finance my campaign than you have Nancy, please spend the next months convincing people your party is brain-dead.”
He added: “The idea that Pelosi thinks that she can somehow bluff Mitch McConnell … verges on requiring a psychologist. She has no leverage on him. None. And it makes her look weak and foolish.”
Los Angeles Times: “Pelosi has sat in the back of the chamber for some time now. Occasionally a representative will stop by a chat for a few moments. For a while she sat alone, now she’s been joined by a staff member.”
“But for the most part she has sat silently and listened to the speeches.”
Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) launched into a blistering attack against Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) while speaking at a Trump campaign rally in Louisiana late Wednesday, The Hill reports.
Said Kennedy: “In three short years, President Trump has doubled the growth in the greatest economy in all of human history. And do you know what our Democratic friends have done for him? Speaker Nancy Pelosi is trying to impeach him.”
He added: “I don’t mean any disrespect, but it must suck to be that dumb.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) “Moscow Mitch” while attacking him for blocking House Democrats’ legislation, including election security measures, The Hill reports.
Said Pelosi: “We all want to invest in building our democracy and saving it from any enemies, foreign and domestic We’ve sent our legislation to the Senate. Moscow Mitch says that he is the Grim Reaper. Imagine describing yourself as the Grim Reaper, that he’s going to bury all this legislation. Well, we have news for him. All this legislation is alive and well in the general public.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that a decision on whether the House pursues the impeachment of President Trump will be made in a “timely fashion” and denied the idea that she is trying to “run out the clock” on the issue, NBC News reports.
She added: “Everybody has the liberty and the luxury to espouse their own position and to criticize me for trying to go down the path in the most determined, positive way. Again, their advocacy for impeachment only gives me leverage.”
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez plan to meet to discuss their icy relationship, a development that comes after the House voted to condemn remarks by President Trump about the freshman Democratic congresswoman and her three closest allies as racist,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
“Mrs. Pelosi and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez haven’t had a conversation in months, according to a Democratic aide.”
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi chided progressives in a closed-door meeting Wednesday, calling on them to address their intra-party grievances privately rather than blasting their centrist colleagues on Twitter,” Politico reports.
“Pelosi’s comments, which were described as stern, came during the first full caucus meeting since a major blow up over emergency border funding last month between progressive and moderate lawmakers as well as a recent spat with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her freshman allies.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) declined to answer a reporter’s question about an assertion by Attorney General William Barr, saying he had lied to Congress and that she would no longer address “anything more that he has to say,” the Washington Post reports.
Said Pelosi: “I don’t even want to address him. He has lied to Congress as the attorney general of the United States. He’s lied under oath. I’m not speaking to anything more that he has to say.”
Kellyanne Conway called the spat between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and four female freshmen Democrats a “major meow moment,” mocking the “huge catfight” over border aid spending between the speaker and four of her highest-profile caucus members, Politico reports.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) ruled out a congressional censure of President Trump, a move some lawmakers have suggested as an less divisive alternative to launching impeachment proceedings, the Washington Post reports.
Said Pelosi: “No. I think censure is just a way out. If you’re gonna go, you gotta to go. In other words, if the goods are there, you must impeach, and censure is nice, but it is not commensurate with the violations of the Constitution should we decide that’s the way to go.”
She added that a censure of Trump would be “a day at the beach for the president, or at his golf club, or wherever he goes.”
Politico: Pelosi to view less redacted Mueller report this week.
President Trump continued to hurl insults at Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a Fox & Friends interview this morning, this time calling her a “fascist.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi “repeatedly refused to say at what point she would support impeaching President Trump, whose claim that he would possibly take foreign operatives’ dirt on a 2020 opponent was loudly condemned by her party a day earlier,” CNBC reports.
Said Pelosi: “Not any one issue is going to trigger, ‘Oh, now we’ll go do this.’”
“Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg reached out to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in recent weeks to discuss how his company handles viral misinformation, but she has not called him back or personally replied,” the Washington Post reports.
“Pelosi’s decision not to engage with Zuckerberg, one of the most powerful technology executives in the world, reflects her frustration with how Facebook handled a manipulated video clip of remarks by the speaker.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was met with chants of “impeach” during her remarks at the California Democratic Party’s convention on Saturday, The Hill reports.
“While discussing what special counsel Robert Mueller’s report showcased and what President Trump could be ‘covering up,’ shouts of ‘impeach’ began to ring out. The shouts grew somewhat louder as she called for investigating Trump’s ‘welcoming of the assault on our democracy.'”
Washington Post: “The party’s deep divisions, refreshed when last week’s remarks by former special counsel Robert Mueller raised new questions about whether Trump had committed impeachable violations, played out time and again during the first full day of the weekend convention as they have across the nation.”