Pelosi Threatens Top Republicans

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Is Pelosi crossing the line here?

During a segment of ABC’s “This Week,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA.) told host George Stephanopoulos that the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot would take it “one step at a time” if Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA.) refused to comply with the subpoena.

Pelosi revealed she was “proud” of the panel, who had been mulling whether to subpoena lawmakers who were connected to the events preceding the Jan. 6 riot for months.
They finally took the step last week when they Subpoenaed five Republican lawmakers, including McCarthy.

This has led to a flurry of speculation about whether the panel would also hold these lawmakers in contempt if they refused to comply with the subpoena.

Pelosi didn’t commit to not pursuing such action, instead telling Stephanopolous, “The committee will take this one step at a time,” adding, “They’re working in a very strong bipartisan way to seek the truth, to find the truth of what happened with an assault.”

She also noted the unprecedented nature of subpoenas, stating that “it’s unprecedented for the President of the United States to incite an insurrection on the Capitol, on the Congress, on the Constitution, in that manner. And we must seek the truth.”

Pelosi also praised the panel, saying, “And I’m proud of the work of the committee.”