Politico is reporting that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has given word that she wants House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler to ‘Back Off’ and ‘abandon ship’ on his ‘Moby Dick’ style impeachment process! “And you can feel free to leak this,” Pelosi told those on hand for the smackdown. The chastisement happened in a closed-doors Capitol Hill meeting last week.
It is not clear whether Nadler was in the room at the time, but it is understood that he got the message and did not like it one bit,
Politico reports on the Pelosi/Nadler feud:
In a closed-door meeting last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi stunned lawmakers and aides with a swipe at Democratic staff on the House Judiciary Committee.
Pelosi criticized the panel’s handling of impeachment in harsh terms, complaining committee aides have advanced the push for ousting President Donald Trump far beyond where the House Democratic Caucus stands. Democrats simply don’t have the votes on the floor to impeach Trump, Pelosi said.
“And you can feel free to leak this,” Pelosi added, according to multiple people in the room. Pelosi’s office declined to comment on the meeting.
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It was the latest sign of the widening schism between Pelosi and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, two longtime allies who are increasingly in conflict over where to guide the party at one of its most critical moments.
Both Pelosi and Nadler, who have served in the House together for more than 25 years, insist their relationship remains strong. But their rift over impeachment is getting harder and harder to paper over amid Democrats’ flailing messaging on the topic and a growing divide in the caucus.
The chastisement came before the catastrophic testimony by former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.
Nadler had hauled Lewandowski in expecting some wins and it backfired. I can only imagine how furious Pelosi is at this point.
“Sadly, the country spent over three years and 40 million taxpayer dollars on these investigations,” said Lewandowski in an opening statement that attacked the very process.
“It is now clear the investigation was populated by many Trump haters.”
Even CNN NeverTrumper Amanda Carpenter admitted after the hearing “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.”
Lewandowski had made a mockery of Sheila Jackson Lee and Eric Swalwell.
Sheila Jackson-Lee sought a viral moment but ended up doing nothing except whole lot of yelling as Lewandowski played her like a fiddle:
Corey Lewandowski to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee:
"Could you repeat the question? I didn't hear it. Just a rant."
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) September 17, 2019
He mocked Swalwell and his failed presidential campaign by calling him “President Swalwell”.
Corey Lewandowski mocks Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell's failed presidential campaign, calls him "President Swalwell" pic.twitter.com/izHYuJUR5t
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 17, 2019
Then when Swalwell asked him, “ so every note that you take of the President you put in a safe? How big is that safe?” Lewandowski answered, “it is a big safe, Congressman there’s a lot of guns in there.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell: “So every note that you take of the President you put in a safe? How big is that safe?”
Corey Lewandowski: “It is a big safe, Congressman there’s a lot of guns in there.”
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) September 17, 2019
Two Democrats who hope to oust Nadler from district in a primary in 2020 used also used the opportunity to go after the congressman.
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“We need to have a clear message and, most importantly, courage to fight as hard as Republicans are,” said Holly Lynch, calling Tuesday’s showing “sloppy. “Right now, it’s not clear that Nadler and the leadership have the courage or the strategy.”
Added Lindsey Boylan, “Jerry Nadler gave Corey Lewandowski the opportunity to snub his nose at the committee and mock the rule of law with no consequences. It’s shameful.
Nadler’s camp did not respond to requests for comment.