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Nancy Pelosi has addressed a report that claimed she told former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and fellow Californian she would continue to support him in the face of opposition from a faction of his Republican Party.
“Kevin McCarthy says that you essentially broke a promise to him to keep Democrats with him if there was a vote against him. Is that not true?” host Elex Michaelson asked the former two-time Democratic House Speaker during a recent interview on “The Issue Is” from Fox 11 Los Angeles, The Hill reported.
Pelosi refuted the claim.
“Not really. I had no promise to him,” she said. “Our Democratic members made their decision.”
Pelosi then cited a few reasons why Democrats voted to oust McCarthy along with a handful of Republicans, including the recently launched impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden — though she led two impeachments of then-President Donald Trump.
“If you don’t respect the institution, then don’t expect us to bail you out,” she said.
One of the first official moves taken by Acting Speaker of the House Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) is one that likely outraged his Democratic opponents.
McHenry, who was designated to take over the gavel by now-former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) after being ousted on Tuesday by a handful of GOP rebels who joined with all present Democrats to vacate the seat, told former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to clear out her office and ordered it “re-keyed.”
“Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed,” said an email sent to Pelosi’s office that was seen by Politico. The email noted further that the room would be used “for speaker office use.”
Pelosi was using a hideaway office which is a perk to which only a handful of members are privvy. Because she was a former speaker, McCarthy allowed her to continue using the office, but obviously, McHenry — a McCarthy ally — isn’t on board with it.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has emerged as a leading candidate for the Speakership, and he discussed what he would do first if he wins enough support.
“Sunday Morning Futures” anchor Maria Bartiromo said to the Ohio Republican during a show segment, “Tell me what your first directive would be as speaker,” to which he responded, “To help the state of Israel.”
“There will be some resolution on the floor to support the state of Israel,” Jordan continued, adding that he planned to consult with House Foreign Affairs Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and the Senate.
“We will work with the State Department and the White House,” Jordan continued. “But that is something that I think gets bipartisan, bicameral, full support from the United States government because, again, this is our great friend and great ally, the state of Israel.”
“We need to give Israel the time, the space, the resources so that they can win and win decisively and send a message to these evil people who did this to” Israel, Jordan added.
“There is a special bond between the state of Israel and the American people,” Jordan said. “We need to make sure we continue that and help them win this as quickly as possible.”
Newsmax reported further:
He added that there is a concern that there will be a push to have Israel “restrain themselves,” but the attacks by Hamas were “intentional evil actions.”
Jordan pointed out that the assaults started on the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, also a surprise attack on Israel by its Arab neighbors that started on Oct. 6, 1973.
“We need to make sure that they have what they need to win and send a message to stop this kind of ridiculous stuff and take action against these people who are doing these terrible things,” said Jordan.