Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse passes bill aimed at bolstering Holocaust education Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — NFL social media accounts hacked | Dem questions border chief over controversial Facebook group | Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views Meadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense MORE's former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiLewandowski decides against Senate bid Georgia ready for unpredictable Senate race Trump on Harris dropping out of race: 'We will miss you Kamala!' MORE should have been held in contempt "right then and there" when he refused to cooperate with Democrats during a hearing the day before.
 
In a meeting on Wednesday with fellow Democratic lawmakers, Pelosi expressed frustration with Lewandowski's behavior during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, in which he largely refused to answer questions about his alleged role in the president's efforts to obstruct former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's investigation and used the hearing as a platform to promote his Senate campaign. 
 
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Pelosi spokeswoman Ashley Etienne said that during the meeting "a member commented on the level of disrespect that Lewandowski displayed at the hearing for the committee and Congress’s authority to uncover the truth. Speaker Pelosi agreed that his behavior was beyond the pale and contemptible." 
 
"The Speaker went on to say that he could have been held in contempt right then and there," Etienne added, noting that Pelosi felt similarly about Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughDemocrats Manchin, Jones signal they're undecided on Trump removal vote Collins walks impeachment tightrope Supreme Court sharply divided over state aid for religious schools MORE's behavior during his confirmation hearing last year. 
 
"Her comments were a critique of the witnesses’ behavior, not the handling of these hearings," Etienne said.
 
 
"Mr. Lewandowski, your behavior in this hearing room has been completely unacceptable. It is part of a pattern of a White House desperate for the American people not to hear the truth," Nadler said.
 
 
Democrats tried to press Lewandowski on Trump allegedly asking him to pass along a message to then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLawmaker wants Chinese news outlet to register as foreign agent Trump-aligned group launches ad campaign hitting Doug Jones on impeachment ICE subpoenas Denver law enforcement: report MORE in 2017 urging him to reverse his recusal from the investigation into Russia's election interference. 
 
Lewandowski turned to then-White House official Rick Dearborn to deliver the message, but Dearborn did not follow through. Dearborn told investigators that the request made him uncomfortable.
 
Pelosi's comments came as some Democrats expressed disappointment that the hearing quickly devolved into a circus and didn't offer the fact-finding narrative of the Mueller report that they had hoped for. Others, however, argued that it demonstrated the depth of the White House's efforts to stonewall their investigations.