There’s no doubt that the House Speakership position is one of the most powerful wielders of political power on Capitol Hill.
According to Breitbart, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wants everyone to remember that, as CNN’s Dana Bash asked the California Democrat over the weekend if she planned to move forward with a Jan. 6 commission even without Republican support, to which Pelosi replied, “Everybody knows the power of the Speaker to do that.”
Pelosi’s remarks came during a Sunday interview on CNN’s State of the Union, with Bash pressing the Speaker on whether or not she plans to use her powerful position to appoint a select committee on the commission despite pushback from GOP leaders.
“You have vowed to get answers no matter what. Are you at the point where you are going to appoint a select committee to do so?” Bash asked, to which Pelosi first replied that she was told to “wait another week,” adding that on Monday she’ll make that decision.
Bash pressed the Speaker further, asking if and when Pelosi might announce the power move, should she choose to do so, adding, “It sounds like you’re getting closer to it.”
“It’s an option, and everybody knows the power of the Speaker to do that. So I would hope that that would motivate them to say, let’s go a different place,” Pelosi replied, before taking a shot at Republicans. “But the question arises, what the Republicans in the Senate are so afraid of the truth? Why are they so afraid of the truth?”
The Speaker went on to suggest that Republicans might be “afraid” of a commission because “the roads might lead in terms of some of them individually,” while taking the obligatory shot at former President Donald Trump, claiming that the “insurrection” was his fault.
Pelosi’s bitterness toward GOP senators is a result of their first use of the filibuster rule to block the Jan. 6 commission last month, according to NPR.
Republican Senate leadership, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), suggested that because there are already two committees investigating the events that led up to the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, a special commission to look into it is a waste of time and claimed it was “purely political exercise.”