An elected official, who is responsible for ensuring the Democratic Party passes legislation in the House, seemingly overreacted after being questioned for supporting a controversial frontrunner for the Oval Office.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) abruptly interrupted a Washington Examiner reporter after the House speaker was asked why she did not demand an investigation after allegations of sexual abuse emerged against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Kerry Picket wanted to know why Pelosi requested an inquiry when similar allegations were publicized against U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh back in 2018 but did not do the same for Biden.
However, Pelosi cut off Picket before she could finish asking the question and initially Pelosi said she would not make any statements until the matter has been resolved between the involved parties.
“Let me just say—I respect your question and I do not need a lecture or a speech,” she can be heard saying on a video shared on YouTube. “There is also due process, and the fact that Joe Biden is Joe Biden.”
The House speaker tried to show sympathy for victims of sexual abuse.
“I have complete respect for the whole #MeToo movement,” Pelosi said. “I have four daughters and one son, and there is a lot of excitement around the idea that women will be heard and be listened to.”
However, she later changed her mind and decided to support Biden by trying to discredit recent publicity about the allegations.
“There have been statements from his campaign, not his campaign but his former employees who ran his offices and the rest that there was never any record of this, there was never any record,” she said. “Nobody ever came forward or nobody ever came forward to say something about it apart from the principal involved.”
Pelosi described Biden as the “hope and optimism, and authenticity” for the nation before leaving the press conference early without taking further questions.
“I want to remove all doubt in anyone’s minds,” she said. “I have a great comfort level with the situation as I see it, with all the respect in the world for any woman who comes forward, with all the highest regard for Joe Biden. That is what I have to say about that. Thank you.”
The remarks came shortly after she controversially announced a new oversight committee to investigate whether the Trump administration made little progress on implementing Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus relief legislation.
Pelosi appointed Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) to help co-chair the committee and six other Democrats who have been highly anti-Trump. The new recruits include House Financial Service Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), House Small Business Committee Chair Nydia Velázquez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) plus Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.)
“The reason I announce this committee, this House select committee to address the coronavirus crisis [CCP Virus] is that we can in the hearing now address, as we go forward, with transparency and accountability,” she said a video obtained by Fox News’s “Fox and Friends.”