By Russell Berman - 06/13/11 11:49 PM EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reiterated her call for Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to resign, but she said “none of us … has the power to force somebody out of office.”
Pelosi spoke to reporters shortly after President Obama indicated he thought Weiner should step down. Moments earlier, the House granted, through unanimous consent, Weiner’s request for a two-week leave of absence.
Pelosi deflected questions about whether the Democratic Caucus would seek to strip Weiner of his committee assignments if he refused to step down. “This is beyond committee assignments. This is we are asking him to leave,” she said. “If we are asking him to leave, we are certainly not going to welcome him here with committee assignments.”
Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) earlier Monday urged Democratic leaders to remove him from committees if he does not leave office.
The Democratic Caucus will meet Tuesday, and Weiner’s situation is expected to come up. The congressman checked himself into an undisclosed treatment center on Saturday.
Pelosi and other Democratic leaders first called for Weiner’s resignation on Saturday as the scandal surrounding his reckless online behavior swirled.