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Pelosi: Yes, This Is a 'Constitutional Crisis'

House speaker suggests other contempt charges might follow
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2019 12:18 PM CDT
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi meets with reporters Thursday, May 9, 2019.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Amid Wednesday's extraordinary day on Capitol Hill—one that featured a presidential declaration of executive privilege, followed by a House panel vote to hold the attorney general in contempt—Rep. Jerry Nadler declared that the nation was in a "constitutional crisis." On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi agreed with the view of the judiciary panel's chairman. “Yes I do agree with Chairman Nadler because the administration has decided that they are not going to honor their oath of office," Pelosi told reporters Thursday, reports the New York Times. And while she didn't put a timetable on when the full House might vote on holding William Barr in contempt, Pelosi suggested that other members of the Trump administration might face the same fate.

“In terms of timing, when we’re ready, we’ll come to the floor,” Pelosi said. “There might be some other contempt of Congress issues that we want to deal with at the same time.” Pelosi has generally pushed back against the idea of impeaching President Trump, but an analysis in the Washington Post suggests that she seems to be edging toward the idea. “We’re going to do the right thing, and it is going to be based on fact and law and patriotism, not politics or anything else,” she said Thursday. The Post's Amber Phillips sees that as "stronger language" than Pelosi has used since the Mueller report came out. Trump, meanwhile, said he was "very surprised" that son Donald Trump Jr. has been subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, per Politico. His son already has been "exonerated" by the Mueller report, said the president. (Read more Nancy Pelosi stories.)

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