Nancy Pelosi is having a rough go as Speaker of the House this term.
After watching former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski deliver a combative and highly entertaining testimony during Tuesday’s Trump impeachment hearing, Pelosi reportedly became incensed according to the Washington Post.
Dems grilled Lewandowski before the House Judiciary Committee in a desperate attempt to nail Trump on debunked Russian collusion and/or obstruction allegations.
From the beginning of Lewandowski’s testimony, it was clear he wasn’t having it. The former Trump aide essentially stonewalled Judiciary chair Jerry Nadler’s inquisition and delivered humiliating blows to Dems who proceeded him.
“I would have held him in contempt right then and there,” Pelosi told a group of lawmakers on Wednesday the Post reported.
Several lawmakers believe Pelosi’s remarks were a direct slam to fellow Democrat Nadler, who was criticized for going too easy on Lewandowski and losing control of the hearing.
Watch the first part of Lewandowski’s testimony below, and more here.
Pelosi spokeswoman Ashely Ettienne confirmed the discussion to the Post but walked back the original statement slightly, saying “Speaker Pelosi agreed that his behavior was beyond the pale and contemptible,” Ettienne said. “The Speaker went on to say that he could have been held in contempt right then and there.”
“Her comments were a critique of the witness’ behavior, not the handling of these hearings,” she said.
Regardless, many House members believe Pelosi’s comments were a not-so-subtle dig at Nadler since the two have been at odds about impeaching President Trump.
As BPR reported earlier this week, Rep. Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y. was one of several “moderate” Democrats who’ve recently voiced concerns about impeachment proceedings against President Trump directly to Pelosi.
“It’s very frustrating for me — someone coming from a district that was one of the districts that helped get us into the majority — having so much focus on things like impeachment or other issues that are divisive,” Brindisi said in an interview. “We should be focusing on kitchen table issues.”
Democrats, particularly in red states, are rightly concerned that full-on impeachment procedures will suck the life out of their campaigns, and they’re right to be concerned.
A recent Politico-Morning Consult poll showed that only about 37% of Americans support impeachment.
Poll proves it: Voters yawn at impeachment…only about 35% agree https://t.co/Gok9T6cBHW
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) September 18, 2019
Nadler has been accused of dancing with impeachment talk to keep the radical base of his party at bay. But after Lewandowski’s performance on Tuesday, it was clear that bringing him before the committee was a huge mistake for Dems.
CNN’s Erin Burnett raked failed presidential candidate Eric Swalwell over the coals for the debacle.
“I have to say there were humorous moments, but I think as an American citizen it was pretty depressing,” Burnett said. “What did you accomplish with that, Congressman?”
Swalwell, who took the brunt of Lewandowski’s wrath at one point, had a hard time answering Burnett.
“You’re trying to bring the [Mueller] report to life because the report is a lengthy document and most Americans understandably don’t have time to read it or look at it,” he weakly responded.
Perhaps, Swalwell was still reeling from Lewandowski’s humiliating beating during the hearing.
The former Trump aide sarcastically called the congressman “president Swalwell” as he refused to take the bait.
Everything about this back and forth between Swalwell and Lewandowski is amazing but Lewandowski repeatedly calling him "President Swalwell" is *chef's kiss* pic.twitter.com/456pbDer2d
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) September 17, 2019
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