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

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiLiz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party 19 House Democrats call on Capitol physician to mandate vaccines Ohio special election: A good day for Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpMajority of Americans in new poll say it would be bad for the country if Trump ran in 2024 ,800 bottle of whiskey given to Pompeo by Japan is missing Liz Cheney says her father is 'deeply troubled' about the state of the Republican Party MORE's former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey LewandowskiTrump super PAC promoting Susan Wright ahead of Texas House runoff Pentagon chief to restore advisory panels after purge of Trump loyalists Trump denies fighting with Pence for hiring Lewandowski 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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." 
 
 
"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 CicillineThe State Department should rethink its Turkey policy McCarthy jokes it'll be hard not to 'hit' Pelosi with gavel if he is Speaker Lobbying world 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 SessionsWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Democrat stalls Biden's border nominee Garland strikes down Trump-era immigration court rule, empowering judges to pause cases 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.