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

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Pelosi 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments Bloomberg: Trump should be impeached On The Money: Congress races to beat deadline on shutdown | Trump asks Supreme Court to shield financial records from House Democrats | House passes bill to explicitly ban insider trading MORE (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments MORE's former campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiTrump on Harris dropping out of race: 'We will miss you Kamala!' Key takeaways from first public impeachment hearing Democrats face make-or-break moment on impeachment 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 MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump 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 KavanaughHouse, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Justices appear cautious of expanding gun rights in NY case Thanks to President Trump, major tests loom for Chief Justice Roberts 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 CicillinePelosi to Democrats: 'Are you ready?' Pelosi faces tough choices on impeachment managers Democrats set to open new chapter in impeachment 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 shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley Rosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe 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.