Pelosi Says It’s Her ‘Right’ to Seat and Unseat Any Member of Congress

Written by Martin Walsh

OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author's opinion




Pelosi and the House Democrats are actively trying to steal a House seat in Iowa.

In a video published to her Twitter account, Pelosi spoke about potentially overturning the election result of a closely contested House seat in Iowa.

“I would say to them, if you lost by six votes, would you like to bring your case before that?” Pelosi said when a reporter asked about centrists publicly speaking out this week about potentially reversing the election result.

“Now, if I wanted to be unfair, I wouldn’t have seated the Republican from Iowa. Because that was my right on the opening day. I would have just said, ‘You’re not seated.’ And that would have been my right as Speaker to do. But we didn’t want to do that. We just said, ‘Let’s just go through this process,'” Pelosi said.

“Many members were saying, ‘Don’t seat the person.’ You’re naming a few who are saying let’s move on. But I’m saying then, people said, ‘Why should we seat somebody to have votes for all this time when their election is being contested?’ And we said no, we will seat the member, and then we’ll go through the normal process,” she said.

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The U.S. House Administration Committee moved to consider Democrat Rita Hart’s challenge of the results in last November’s election in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.

The committee voted in favor of considering the challenge and tabling a motion by Hart’s opponent, GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, to dismiss the appeal.

After the November general election, Iowa officials conducted three recounts of the results in the 2nd district.

Secretary of State Paul Pate ordered a recount in Jasper County on Nov. 6 and one in Lucas County on Nov. 10.

On Nov. 13, Hart requested a full recount of votes in all 24 counties in the district.

After this recount, Miller-Meeks — the Republican — was certified as the winner by 6 total votes.

On Dec. 2, Hart announced she would contest the election before the House Administration Committee.

The notice asked the House to invalidate the state-certified results, count the ballots Hart said were excluded, and initiate a uniform hand recount in all 24 counties in the district.

Miller-Meeks was provisionally seated in the House on Jan. 3, and on Jan. 21, she filed a motion asking Congress to dismiss Hart’s challenge of the election results, saying that Hart should have pursued the matter through state procedures rather than filing a petition with the House.

If the committee recommends the matter to the full House, the chamber will decide the outcome by a majority vote.

Now, consider the irony here.

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When Donald Trump raised valid questions about the election, Democrats had a full-blown meltdown and it even played a role in them trying to impeach him a second time.

Also, consider the dangerous precedent this could set if Democrats overturn the results of any election already certified.

The Republican was certified as the winner of the race after multiple recounts.

Oh, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested over the weekend that Democrats will steal this seat and give it to the Democrat who lost.