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

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTop Federal Reserve official: Further coronavirus stimulus bill may not be needed Schumer: Fired inspector general will be remembered as a 'hero' Clyburn says stimulus spending oversight committee will be 'forward looking' MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' MORE's former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiHillicon Valley — Presented by Facebook — FCC fines mobile carriers 0M for selling user data | Twitter verified fake 2020 candidate | Dems press DHS to complete election security report | Reddit chief calls TikTok spyware Rod Blagojevich joins app where people can pay for personalized video message The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders repeats with NH primary win, but with narrower victory 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 KavanaughProgressive group knocks McConnell for talking judicial picks during coronavirus Trump nominates former Kavanaugh clerk for influential appeals court Coronavirus isn't the only reason Congress should spend less time in DC 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.
 
During the hearing, Rep. David CicillineDavid Nicola CicillineLocal news outlets struggle to survive coronavirus fallout The Hill's 12:30 Report: House to vote on .2T stimulus after mad dash to Washington Pelosi rejects calls to shutter Capitol: 'We are the captains of this ship' MORE (D-R.I.) proposed holding Lewandowski in contempt. Other Democrats expressed support for the idea as well. But the committee did not move immediately to hold Lewandowski in contempt. 
 
Democrats tried to press Lewandowski on Trump allegedly asking him to pass along a message to then-Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Guidance on masks is coming The Hill's Campaign Report: Coronavirus forces Democrats to postpone convention Roy Moore to advise Louisiana pastor arrested for allegedly defying ban on large gatherings 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.