Pelosi Admonishes Dems For Not Holding Lewandowski In Contempt ‘Then And There’

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) answers questions during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pelosi answered a range of questions including co... WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) answers questions during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pelosi answered a range of questions including comments on a recent flap with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and more progressive members of the House Democratic caucus. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MORE LESS

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told members of her caucus in a closed-door meeting Wednesday that Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee should have held former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in contempt “then and there” during Tuesday’s hearing.

According to Politico, some Democrats who attended the meeting took the comments as a swipe at Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who resisted a call to move towards contempt during the hearing. A Pelosi spokesperson insisted that the speaker solely meant her comments as “a critique of the witnesses’ behavior.”

Lewandowski stonewalled for the bulk of the hearing, ducking behind the specious protection of executive privilege even though he never worked in the White House, and gleefully refusing to answer the lion’s share of the Democrats’ questions. The Democrats’ attorney, Barry Berke, had better luck and was able to lead Lewandowski into admitting that he feels no compulsion to tell the truth to the media.

The two Democratic leaders are going in increasingly different directions on a related topic —President Donald Trump’s impeachment — creating a flurry of speculation that tension is building in their personal relationship.

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