Nancy Pelosi Kicked Out Staffers to Have ‘Candid’ Conversation About Impeachment
House Speaker locked down her caucus meeting ability without notice
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) reportedly kicked out staff before ordering members to check their phones ahead of a caucus meeting so she could have a “candid” discussion on the impeachment inquiry with Democrat members.
Washington Post contributor and CNN political analyst, Rachael Bade, reported that Pelosi locked down her caucus meeting ability without notice.
“INTRIGUING: Pelosi has kicked out staff and is making members check cell phones going into caucus today so she can have a candid convo with her members on impeachment,” Bade reported, adding that a sign at the door read, “NO ENTRANCE.”
According to reports, aides ensured no one except lawmakers could enter the room:
“Ahead of the first Judiciary impeachment hearing, two major huddles by both parties: Pelosi talking impeachment with members & kicking out staff to crack down on leaks,” Bade noted.
Last month, Neon Nettle reported public support for impeachment is falling, according to the Emerson poll.
Emerson reported the fundamental change has been among independent voters.
"President Trump’s approval has increased in the last month with 48% approval and 47% disapproval, a bounce from 43% approval in the last Emerson National poll in October," according to the analysis.
INTRIGUING: Pelosi has kicked out staff and is making members check cell phones going into caucus today so she can have a candid convo with her members on impeachment.— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) December 4, 2019
At the door, a massive sign reads “NO ENTRANCE” and aides are making sure no one but lawmakers get through.
Ahead of the first Judiciary impeachment hearing, two major huddles by both parties: Pelosi talking impeachment with members & kicking out staff to crackdown on leaks. and VP Pence chatting with Rs at weekly meeting. And me wishing I could duplicate myself.— Rachael Bade (@rachaelmbade) December 4, 2019
Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaves this morning's caucus meeting, describing it as "very prayerful" but making no other comments.— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) December 4, 2019
Lawmakers tell me that Pelosi gave no timeline as to when impeachment vote would happen at meeting today— Erik Wasson (@elwasson) December 4, 2019
Several sources said that Pelosi told her colleagues to let the process work, but did not provide a timeline on impeachment. She also encouraged her colleagues to be disciplined in messages. And said everyone’s district is different so members need to respect that, per sources— Manu Raju (@mkraju) December 4, 2019
In October, Pelosi dismissed suggestions that the American public should have a say over the impeachment of Trump, declaring, "the voters are NOT going to decide."
Pelosi was asked during her Thursday press conference whether it should be left to the American people to decide in November 2020 whether President Trump should stay in office.
"The voters are not going to decide whether we honor our oath of office," Pelosi said.
Speaker Pelosi added that the Democrats' push to impeach their president is not about politics, it's about "patriotism."