Pelosi Hypocritically Accuses McCarthy Of Playing Politics With Impeachment
In an extraordinary case of pot calling the kettle black, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) accused her successor —Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)— of playing politics with President Donald Trump’s impeachment records.
On Sunday, Pelosi told Dana Bash on CNN’s State of the Union that McCarthy was playing politics when he suggested that House Republicans could open an inquiry to expunge Trump’s impeachment records.
"Kevin [McCarthy] is playing politics."
Former House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reacts to current House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) previously supporting the idea to bring a House floor vote to expunge former President Donald Trump's impeachments. @CNNSotu #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/J8wgY37vfB
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“Kevin is, you know, playing politics,” Pelosi said. “It’s not even clear that he constitutionally can expunge these things. If he wants to put his members on the spot, his members in difficult races on the spot, that’s a decision he has to make.”
Pelosi accused McCarthy of being afraid, suggesting that expunging Trump’s impeachment records was the former president’s idea.
“Donald Trump is a puppeteer. And what does he do all the time but shine the light on the strings. These people look pathetic,” Pelosi added.
Pelosi, who oversaw two Trump impeachments that many Republicans argued were political, claimed House Democrats had no choice but to impeach Trump.
“The President was impeached because we had no choice,” Pelosi claimed. “He had undermined our national security, jeopardized our well-being of our country. I was very careful about bringing any impeachment forward. But when the president made that phone call in terms of Ukraine, there was no choice. We had no choice. He must be impeached.”
McCarthy, who is the current House speaker, has expressed his desire to support efforts to expunge Trump’s impeachment records.
The GOP lawmaker told reporters in June that he would back the efforts of Reps. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-GA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) to approve statements of the House declaring that the impeachments are no longer recognized.
McCarthy might soon oversee an impeachment as evidence of corruption and bribery allegations continues to mount against President Joe Biden.
While speaking on Fox’s Sean Hannity Show on Monday, McCarthy said the evidence of corruption and influence peddling against President Biden is enough to warrant an impeachment investigation.
“This is rising to the level of impeachment inquiry, which provides Congress the strongest power to get the rest of the knowledge and information needed,’ McCarthy said.