Nancy Pelosi

January 11, 2022

Dem Lawmaker Takes Aim at Pelosi with Ban on Congress Stock Trades

Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) is set to introduce a bill that would ban active members of Congress from holding or trading individual stocks — an apparent rebuff of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who recently defended the controversial practice that has earned her husband millions of dollars from trading tech stocks.

Ossoff’s ethics bill, which he plans to file as soon as he finds a Republican cosponsor, would also prohibit lawmakers’ spouses and family members from trading stocks while they’re in office.

The freshman senator may have trouble finding a cosponsor within the Senate GOP, as no Republicans have publicly denounced congressional stock trades. However, he may have better luck with House GOP members, as several have spoken out against the practice, including Texas Reps. Michael Cloud and Chip Roy.

“As Speaker Pelosi’s recent transactions make clear, decisions made for the people should be separate than decisions made for personal enrichment,” Roy told The Post.

In March, four Democratic Senators introduced the Ban Conflicted Trading Act, which garnered bipartisan support. But that measure only bans the practice among active lawmakers and senior staff members, meaning Paul Pelosi’s trading habits would be unaffected.

Ossoff’s bill is a bit stricter, putting it more closely in line with the bipartisan House proposal called the TRUST In Congress Act.

“We are a free market economy. They should be able to participate in that,” Pelosi told reporters last month. Pelosi’s husband holds millions of dollars worth of stocks and options in companies like Apple, Disney, Amazon, and Google.

“These lawmakers are just out of touch with how normal people view the situation,” said Arizona Republican Senate Primary candidate Blake Masters. “Members of Congress should not be buying call options on Big Tech companies they’re in charge of regulating, that is ludicrous.” 


Jon Ossoff exploring bill to ban Congress stock trades, rebuffing Pelosi

January 9, 2022

Top Republican Accuses Pelosi of a Coverup

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), the ranking member of the House Administration Committee, is accusing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of shielding evidence pertaining to the Capitol building’s security practices ahead of the January 6 riot.

“We know there were intelligence analysis failures at the Capitol Police,” Davis said on the John Solomon Reports podcast.

“The events of January 6, 2021 exposed serious security vulnerabilities at the Capitol Complex,” Davis wrote in a letter to Pelosi. “Unfortunately, over the past twelve months, House Democrats have been more interested in exploiting the events of January 6th for political purposes than in conducting basic oversight of the security vulnerabilities exposed that day.”

Davis said Republican lawmakers launched an investigation into the Capitol’s security vulnerabilities after the incident, requesting records from the U.S. Capitol Police, the House sergeant-at-arms, and the House chief administrative officer. But, he said, only the USCP has complied.

In the letter, Davis noted that the House sergeant-at-arms and chief administrative officer are “the two House officers who report directly” to Pelosi.

Davis accused Democrats of only displaying a “superficial interest in examining the security vulnerabilities highlighted by January 6” and obstructing “Republican access to House records,” yet have held “witnesses in criminal contempt of Congress for raising genuine questions of legal privilege.”

“This double standard only adds to the evidence that Democrats are weaponizing events of January 6th against their political adversaries,” Davis wrote. “If you are truly interested in working with Republicans to improve the Capitol security posture, I demand that you direct all House officers immediately to stop obstructing our oversight.”

Davis, who heads the House Administration Committee, which oversees Capitol security, told Just The News lawmakers are frustrated that Pelosi has blocked the release of information.

“At a time when the Speaker through this sham Select Committee is asking and getting voluntarily thousands of communications from people who are no longer employed by government, she is denying that committee of jurisdiction access to government communications. What is she hiding?”

“All we ever asked for is we want communications leading up to and on Jan. 6, we want to be preserved, we want to be turned over to us, because my job, my job is to make sure that the Capitol is secure. And it’s laughable to think that that’s not germane to making sure that we don’t make those same mistakes again,” Davis said.


Top Republican charges Pelosi is restricting access to Jan. 6 records in GOP probe of her actions

January 8, 2022

Trump Rebukes Dems, Media Over Jan. 6 Anniversary

Former President Donald Trump emphatically rebuked Democrats and the media after the anniversary of the January 6 Capitol riot, accusing them of using the event as a political tool.

Trump issued a statement through his leadership PAC on Friday, saying Democrats and the “media establishment” had “driven our country into the ground.”

“These radical leftists in Washington care NOTHING for American Democracy,” Trump said. “All they care about is control over you, and wealth and riches for themselves.”

“But they are failing. No one believes them anymore,” he added. “And the day is quickly coming when they will be overwhelmingly voted out of power.”

The former president assigned blame to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for the pandemonium that day, calling it “a Pelosi-led security failure at the Capitol.”

Trump also criticized Democrats’ efforts to pass election reforms, accusing them of dubious intentions.

“The reason the Democrats are doing all of this is not because they believe they will win a fair and honest election,” Trump said. “It’s because they know they will overwhelmingly LOSE one.”

The former president has faced criticism for sowing division and undermining democracy by rejecting the results of an election. He pushed back against those claims in his statement.

“Remember, I am not the one trying to undermine American Democracy,” Trump said. “I am the one trying to SAVE American Democracy.”


Trump rips Democrats, media over Jan. 6 anniversary

December 24, 2021

Trump to Hold News Conference from Mar-a-Lago on Jan. 6

Former President Donald Trump announced he would hold a news conference from Mar-a-Lago on January 6, the first anniversary of the U.S. Capitol riot that has been the source of much contention.

“Why isn’t the Unselect Committee of highly partisan political hacks investigating the CAUSE of the January 6th protest, which was the rigged Presidential Election of 2020?” Trump said in his statement announcing the news conference.

Trump went on to say the House Select Committee investigating the riot wanted to “stay as far away from” claims of a rigged 2020 presidential election as possible before asking supporters to “look at what is going on now” in several U.S. states.

“I will be having a news conference on January 6th at Mar-a-Lago to discuss all of these points, and more,” Trump said. “Until then, remember, the insurrection took place on November 3rd, it was the completely unarmed protest of the rigged election that took place on January 6th.” 

The former president went on to criticize “RINOs” — an acronym for “Republican in Name Only” — likely referring to his foes within the GOP, Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.

“In many ways a RINO is worse than a Radical Left Democrat,” Trump said, “because you don’t know where they are coming from and you have no idea how bad they really are for our Country.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also announced a “full program of events” on January 6, including a “prayerful vigil.”

The White House shared nonspecific plans to commemorate the day as well.

“January 6 was one of the darkest days in our democracy,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. “It was a day when our nation’s capital was under attack, and I think there’s no question you’ll see us commemorate that day.”


Trump says he’s holding a news conference at Mar-a-Lago on January 6, the anniversary of the Capitol riot

December 21, 2021

This Is a Real F—king Problem’: Vulnerable Democrats Worried About Midterms

House Democrats vulnerable in the upcoming 2022 midterm elections are worried about their chances, alleging that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s strategy is hurting their reelection chances more than it’s helping.

Six members of the DCCC recently vented their frustrations to POLITICO under the condition of anonymity.

“This is a real f—king problem,” one member said.

According to the outlet, their complaints fell into three categories.

1. Focusing on the wrong issues

The overall consensus was there’s been too much focus on former President Donald Trump and not enough on “pocketbook issues.” Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe relied heavily on anti-Trump rhetoric and lost the gubernatorial race. But DCCC Chair Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.) is still leaning into the ineffective strategy.

“This is crazy to me that the DCCC is rolling out a playbook that they know doesn’t work and that they encouraged people in 2018 not to use,” said the member who used the f-word to describe the situation.

Additionally, vulnerable Democrats think their party should steer clear of abortion as a campaign issue.

“We should leave it up to Planned Parenthood and all the reproductive organizations to get in there and support candidates that are pro-choice and leave it at that,” the pro-choice member said. “I’m not going to go out there and start bashing people for being pro-life. It would be a big mistake in my district.”

2. Cornering them on policy

According to POLITICO’s Rachael Bade:

Former DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos (Ill.), who represented a Trump district, was known for pushing back on leadership in private in order to protect vulnerable members from tough votes. But Maloney has taken the opposite tack: In August, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi was trying to corral moderates to vote for a $3.5 trillion budget, the DCCC infuriated members by threatening to withhold campaign money from them if they opposed the resolution. (The DCCC denied this.)

Maloney continued to side with leadership this fall when vulnerable members wanted Pelosi to allow a standalone vote on the infrastructure bill. He went after Rep. Josh Gottheimer (N.J.) on Twitter for criticizing Pelosi for “breach[ing] her firm, public commitment” to do so.

Another member said outside liberal groups spent millions of dollars on ads pressuring at-risk House Democrats to support Build Back Better in the fall. The members “pleaded” with the DCCC to get the groups to ease up, but they refused. POLITICO noted that the committee says it’s illegal for them to tell an outside group how to spend money.

3. General problems with the DCCC chair

“What’s problematic is not only is he pushing the wrong strategy. … The biggest problem is that he’s attacking front-line members for taking a different perspective,” the first lawmaker said. “If you want to win purple and red seats, you have to distance yourself from other Democrats. He is a part of this ‘party purity’ march that is just going to ensure that we are deep in the minority.”

Several Democrats suspect that Maloney is trying to leverage his position to climb the political ladder at their expense.

“I think Sean Patrick’s ‘leadership’ — and please use air quotes on that — at the DCCC is the reason why we should not have elected colleagues running that organization,” the first member said. “Because it’s not about protecting the majority; it’s about Sean Patrick Maloney. … We’ve got a vanity project.”

The DCCC has denied the allegations against Maloney.

“We agree completely, this election will be won on our record of results, not by talking about Trump,” said DCCC spokesperson Chris Hayden. “That’s why Chairman Maloney has been fighting like hell to pass the president’s transformative agenda, which enjoys supermajority support in swing districts.”


Vulnerable House Dems to DCCC: You’re jeopardizing our reelection

December 20, 2021

QAnon Follower Gets 28 Months For Pelosi Death Threats

A QAnon follower received a 28-month sentence for threatening to kill House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Cleveland Meredith Jr. was arrested on January 7 at a hotel near the Capitol after family members reported threatening text messages to the FBI.

According to POLITICO, “police found a pistol, an assault rifle and about 2,500 rounds of ammunition, as well as a telescoping gun-sight” in a trailer outside the hotel.

The 53-year-old Georgia resident argued he was joking around in the messages he sent before and after the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot.

“It can’t be tolerated in a democracy and I can’t just say, ‘OK, Mr. Meredith you can go home now,'” U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said.

“There were multiple, stupid ugly threats…Even the defendant knew the language was unacceptable…..He knew exactly what he was up to.”

“Thinking about heading over to Pelosi [expletive] ‘s speech and putting a bullet in her noggin on Live TV,” Meredith wrote in a message to his uncle on January 7.

“I may wander over to the Mayor’s office and put a 5.56 in her skull.”

When a relative texted Meredith that then-President Donald Trump had called for his supporters to go home peacefully, he refused.

“Bullshit. He wants heads and I’m going to deliver,” Meredith wrote.

In a brief statement to the court, Meredith insisted his threats weren’t literal.

“I had no intention. It was political hyperbole that was too hyper,” Meredith said. “I was out of control that day.”

“I don’t want to have anything to do with politics again,” he said.

Meredith will be credited for the 11 months he’s already served at a D.C. jail.


QAnon follower gets 28-month sentence for death threats to Pelosi

December 19, 2021

House Democrat Pushes Back on Pelosi After Stock Comments

Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) is pushing back against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) after telling reporters that Congress members should be able to trade single stocks.

A recent Insider report that found 49 members of Congress and 182 senior staffers have violated the STOCK Act, which aims to prevent insider trading. At her weekly press conference, Pelosi was asked about the report and if lawmakers should be able to trade stocks at all. Pelosi firmly said they should be free to do so.

“This is a free market, and people — we are a free market economy. They should be able to participate in that,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi is one of the wealthiest members of Congress. Her husband Paul reportedly made $5 million after acquiring 4,000 shares of Google’s parent company, Alphabet.

The speaker’s views do not align with the rest of her party, with several Democrats expressly advocating for the practice to be banned.

“The access and influence we have should be exercised for the public interest, not our profit. It shouldn’t be legal for us to trade individual stock with the info we have,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote, ahead of Pelosi’s remarks.

Spanberger directly responded to Pelosi’s comments on Twitter.

“No. It cannot be a perk of the job for Members to trade on access to information,” Spanberger wrote.

December 16, 2021

Pelosi Rejects Stock-Trading Ban for Lawmakers as Her Family Makes Millions on the Market

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected the notion of banning active members of Congress and their spouses from holding and trading stocks. Her comments come amid calls from some progressives for the practice to be banned for elected officials.

“This is a free market, and people — we are a free market economy. They should be able to participate in that,” Pelosi said at her weekly press conference.

Pelosi’s position is nearly the direct opposite of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who tweeted last week that it’s “absolutely ludicrous” that sitting members of Congress can trade individual stocks.

“The access and influence we have should be exercised for the public interest, not our profit. It shouldn’t be legal for us to trade individual stock with the info we have,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

Earlier this year, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation to ban sitting congressional members and their aides from trading stocks, most bonds, and options contracts. The bill garnered bipartisan support.

Why it matters

Pelosi’s opinion doesn’t appear to be unbiased. Bloomberg reported that her husband Paul made $5 million after acquiring 4,000 shares of Google’s parent company, Alphabet.

A spokesperson for Pelosi told Bloomberg she doesn’t own any stock and had no involvement with her husband’s trading activity.

So far, Pelosi has disclosed 48 transactions made by her family worth more than $50 million. The top Democrat is one of the 25 wealthiest congressional members.

Last year, several lawmakers received backlash for stock trades they made early in the pandemic.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and his brother over Burr selling $1.65 million in stock on February 13, 2020 — after lawmakers received intel on the emerging global health crisis.


Pelosi Opposes Ban on Lawmakers Trading Stocks as Her Family Makes Millions on the Market

December 12, 2021

Pelosi Says She’ll ‘Never Forgive’ Trump for Jan. 6 [Video]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reports she would “never forgive” former President Donald Trump and his allies for inciting the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

“I’ll never forgive [Trump] and his lackeys and his bullies that he sent to the Capitol for the trauma … that was exerted on our staff,” Pelosi said.

Amid an uptick in threats of violence against elected officials, Pelosi blamed Trump and the individuals who stormed the Capitol for the unease many staffers now experience going to work.

Pelosi’s remarks came in response to a question about a statement signed by more than 300 congressional staffers this week. The statement calls on leadership to act in light of Rep. Lauren Boebert’s (R-CO) anti-Muslim comments, which the staffers feel “puts our safety at risk.”

“The way it traumatized them, it was frightening. That’s something that you cannot just say well, we’ll do legislation to make sure this or that doesn’t happen again. You cannot erase that,” Pelosi said.


Pelosi won’t forgive Trump and ‘his lackeys’ for inciting Jan. 6 attack on Capitol

December 9, 2021

Pelosi Aims to Pass $2T Social Spending Bill By Christmas

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) predicted the $2 trillion social spending bill will pass through both chambers of Congress before Christmas.

“We feel very confident about what is in Build Back Better,” Pelosi said. “We know what some possibilities are, and it would be my hope that we would have this bill done before the Christmas vacation.”

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is echoing Pelosi’s Christmas break deadline, scrambling to rally his party’s centrist holdouts in favor of the massive spending bill.

One notable holdout is Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA), who voiced his hesitation on the measure as recently as Tuesday.

Speaking at a Wall Street Journal event, Machin warned that “the unknown we are facing today is much greater than … this aspiration bill.”


Pelosi aiming to pass $2T social spending bill before Christmas

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