At one time House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was thought to be the level-headed voice of reason in the Democrat Party, leading her fellow liberals to think things through, obtain thorough evidence, and take their time in considering any outcome. And for a while, she and other members of her party proved that they could, in fact, act reasonably, even in the face of possible impeachment hearings. However, those days have flown the coop, just like Pelosi’s brain. In the wake of their hasty departure, we find it was all a ruse.
Pelosi accidentally admitted this past weekend that she knew about the contents of the Ukrainian phone call between President Donald Trump and the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Naturally, she, or a spokesperson for her, has since reversed that saying it was all a misunderstanding.
But her words are hard to misinterpret, even for liberal progressives.
On Sunday, an interview with Speaker Pelosi was aired on CBS News “60 Minutes.” And of course, the Ukrainian phone call and responding impeachment trials were a topic discussed.
During the interview, Pelosi told host Scott Pelley that she and Trump had spoken earlier in the week about the July 25th phone conversation between the two presidents. Pelosi said, “He told me it was perfect. There was nothing in the call.”
But she continued, digging her own grave. “But I know what was in the call. I mean, it was in the public domain.”
There’s just one small problem. It wasn’t in the public domain. It wasn’t pubic knowledge. The call’s transcript was not released until Sept. 25th, a full four days after news of the call’s existence had been outed by the Wall Street Journal.
The headline for the article read, “Trump Repeatedly Pressed Ukraine President to Investigate Biden’s Son.” In the article, the Journal stated, “President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son, according to people familiar with the matter, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani on a probe that could hamper Mr. Trump’s potential 2020 opponent.”
It didn’t take long for other news outlets such as The Washington Post, to run with the story, taking it all in as fact. However, Pelosi’s admittance to her prior knowledge of the call throws this all out of whack and makes it seem like there is some sort of set-up going on.
But we aren’t the only ones who think so.
House Republican Conference Chair Representative Liz Cheney has begun asking questions, calling out Pelosi for her mistake of admitting what she knew. Cheney posted on Twitter, saying, “@SpeakerPelosi said on 60 Minutes last night she knew the details of the classified Ukraine call before the White House released the transcript.”
“This is starting to seem like a political set up. So Madame Speaker, ‘what did you know and when did you know it?’”
Fox News reported that Pelosi’s spokesperson told them that she was referring to the call being in the public domain since the media had covered it. Furthermore, they said that Pelosi didn’t know of either the transcript or the whistleblower complaint before they were released.
So why did Pelosi say she knew what was in the call? Was she just assuming or hoping she knew?
And House Intelligence Committee Chair Representative Adam Schiff isn’t helping Pelosi’s case. He wrote on August 28 that, “Trump is withholding vital military aid to Ukraine, while his personal lawyer seeks help from the Ukraine government to investigate his political opponent.”
This suggests he knew of the details of the transcript before they were released. And since he is the one Pelosi appointed to head the impeachment inquiry, it is pretty certain if he knew, she also did.
Pelosi also seems to be a walking contradiction at the moment. As we mentioned before, she took her time getting to this point, making it look like she was almost against it and wanted to do what was right. However, the quickness she has exhibited in jumping on the impeachment bandwagon suggests this was the plan all along.
Something finally came up she could use to say ‘this is the last straw’ and make it seem reasonable. But her 60 Minutes mistake and telling MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that she was “excited” right after saying “there is no cause of any joy” lets us know this is anything but reasonable.