It would appear that Speaker Pelosi’s instincts were correct after witnessing the three-ring circus complements of portly House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler — who compelled President Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to testify under oath.
In fact just last week an exasperated Pelosi in a closed-door meeting actually stunned Democratic lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee reminding Nadler and his staff that they’ve gone way beyond what was agreed to just two months prior. She also reminded the chairman he doesn’t have the vote on the floor to impeach the President.
Nevertheless, it proceeded. Nadler attempted to browbeat an always feisty Corey Lewandowski, who took the assembled Democratic lawmakers to school with his in-your-face attitude. However, Lewandowski masterfully asked the attorney to repeat the question again and then asking him to clarify the question once more, thus frustrating the attorney by braking his rhythm and slowing down the pace.
Pelosi for her part, had perhaps envisioned last week at the closed-door meeting the unfolding fiasco warning the Nadler faction to stop the madness, However when it seemed apparent that Nadler would continue the witch hunt, Pelosi uncharacteristically invited the press to publicly report on the “closed-door meeting” saying to the few assembled reporters taking notes off-the-record, “you can feel free to leak this.”
It would appear by the constant in-fighting between the two veteran lawmakers that the likelihood of the party fracturing further is a real concern, not to mention the extreme position that almost all the 2020 Presidential candidates have taken, in order to win the nomination. How this plays out in the general election after the candidates have gone on the record with the most extreme policies of fundamentally transforming America is anybody’s guess.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a vocal impeachment advocate attempted to put a “happy face” on the growing rift between the two leaders saying, “I think the speaker wants to be careful of all the different members of the caucus. She doesn’t always want to use the word ‘impeachment’ but believe me, she signed off on every piece of what has been put forward.”
“Nadler is talking about law, Pelosi is talking about politics,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), a member of the Judiciary Committee, when asked about the divide between the two senior Democrats. “Nadler is looking at high crimes and misdemeanors, and we are inundated with them in the Judiciary Committee. But Pelosi is looking at the political side of it.”
However if Nadler is attempting to convince fellow Democrats to jump on board the Trump impeachment train, yesterday’s dismal 5-hour performance had even CNN’s Amanda Carpenter asking “Look, it’s clear from the Mueller report he was a willing agent of obstruction, attempted obstruction because they didn’t obstruct justice. But look, we’re all thinking ‘what was the point of this hearing today?”
Adding, “Republicans, Trump people talk about owning the Libs…Corey Lewandowksi owned the Judiciary Committee today. Jerry Nadler played a stupid game and they won a stupid prize because Corey Lewandowski just made a sham of that.”
Lewandowksi even tweeted during his appearance in front of the House Judiciary Committee that he’s considering a Senate run in New Hampshire against incumbent Jeanne Shaheen.
“New website just launched to help a potential senate run. Sign up now!”
— Corey R. Lewandowski (@CLewandowski_) September 17, 2019
The just-launched website had only one tweet reading “I think Corey would be fantastic.” It was from President Trump.