It’s hard to believe that after House Democrats prioritized impeaching Trump for his July 2019 call with Ukrainian president Zelensky over issues that actually mattered to the American people like, I dunno, fighting the Wuhan virus, that they would understand they really are in no position to lecture Republicans at this point on what should and should not be a priority in the GOP-controlled Senate.
And yet that’s exactly what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), one of the architects behind the House’s impeachment efforts, did this week in response to the Senate Homeland Security Committee voting on Wednesday to subpoena Blue Star Strategies, a PR group that did some consulting work for Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas firm. Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden was a board member for Burisma up until last year, and made at least $50,000 a month in spite of having no experience in the oil and gas industry.
Here’s what Pelosi said:
“These Republican subpoenas are a clear act of retaliation and political retribution intended to help the President keep his job. It is sad that the GOP Senate has meekly and weakly chosen to be complicit in the President’s desperate and dangerous political tactics instead of passing legislation to save lives and livelihoods,” the Speaker continued, adding that she was calling upon Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) “to ‘take a pause’ in the Senate GOP’s obstruction of meeting the needs of the American people.”
McConnell told host Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum in response that Pelosi was the last person who should be telling Senate Republicans what priorities to set:
“I’d say to the speaker, after the impeachment, you are not in a position to be lecturing us about what the appropriate use of Senate time is,” McConnell told host Martha MacCallum.
“If the House can spend time on a baseless impeachment effort,” he argued, “then we should at least have oversight on what happened to initiate this whole process a couple of years ago.”
“There was a lot of apparent misbehavior going on in the opening of those investigations, into General [Michael] Flynn and others,” McConnell told MacCallum.
Boom. Watch and listen to McConnell’s full answer below:
Woulda been the icing on the cake for him to insert some quip in there about how Pelosi should get back to boasting to late night TV talk show hosts about the expensive premium ice cream flavors she has in her two gigantic freezers in her posh San Francisco home, but he’s too classy for that. 😉