Sunday, 20 January, 2019


Nancy Pelosi says a sitting president can be indicted despite DOJ guidelines

Portraits of Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump and Chuck Schumer The Latest: Pelosi pledges to 'reach across the aisle'
Patty Aguilar | 03 January, 2019, 15:10

The California Democrat has spent her political career being underestimated, only to prove the naysayers wrong.

Although Pelosi said in a statement afterward that "we welcome the presence of these activists", the episode highlighted a growing rift between establishment Democrats and up-and-coming politicians such as Ocasio-Cortez and Khanna, who each unseated longtime party incumbents. In this case, it was by winning back the Democratic majority and amassing the votes for the speaker's job. This is not her first rodeo as your friend George Bush would say.

The president is insisting on US$5 billion in funding for a border wall, which he says will put a check on undocumented migrants entering the country illegally.

"It's on", Democrat Hakeem Jeffries, a new member of House leadership who is seen by some as a potential future House speaker, tweeted Wednesday.

Pelosi remains a highly polarizing figure, vilified by Republicans as a San Francisco liberal and a caricature of big government.

She continued to reflect on her mother's tenure and what the future holds.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she will not agree to a deal to fund President Donald Trump's desired border wall and she deflected blame for the government shutdown in a teased interview with Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday. Pelosi is expected to win her speaker election in the early afternoon.

Pelosi's return to the speaker's office was not guaranteed.

House Democratic leaders agreed a year ago to drop another rule proposal opposed by Pocan and Jayapal, one that would have made it more hard to pass legislation raising taxes.

Pelosi also addressed her national unpopularity, saying that Republicans demonized her because she is effective. "And they have to take me down, and that's what they've tried to do", she said. Some were given lead positions on their legislative priorities, even a gavel of their own to chair special panels. "Just the first sign of things to come in our new Democratic Majority committed to working #ForThePeople".

Jeffries said when he told his family that, because of his new position, he may be the one to put Pelosi's name forward during the nomination proceeding, his youngest son said to him, "Don't blow the moment, Dad".

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