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The woman who allegedly stole House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s laptop has been granted a temporary reprieve.
The incident is alleged to have happened on January 6, 2021, during the incident at the Capitol when Riley Williams, 25, was said to have taken the Speaker’s laptop, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.
She had been detained on house arrest for the past year and a half but, this weekend, was allowed to attend a renaissance in Lancaster County.
“She is confined to her home 24/7 with exceptions. Every once in a while, if there is an activity that interests her, we ask if she can attend,” her attorney, Lori Ulrich, said to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“I STOLE S–T FROM NANCY POLESI [sic],” she allegedly said in one message on Discord, the federal prosecutors said in a complaint.
“I DOMT [sic] CAREI TOOK NANCY POLESIS [sic] HARD DRIVES I DON’T CARE KILL ME,” the complaint said.
Last week, Republicans have taken their most decisive move against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and want her removed from her position immediately.
It is a longshot, but the House Freedom Caucus sent the letter to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy urging an end to the “authoritarian reign” of Pelosi.
“House Freedom Caucus is calling on GOP leader to file and bring up a privileged motion to vacate the chair and end Speaker Pelosi’s authoritarian reign,” the caucus said.
“We, the House Freedom Caucus, respectfully request that you pursue the authorization of the House Republican Conference, pursuant to Conference rules, to file and bring up a privileged motion to vacate the chair and end Nancy Pelosi’s authoritarian reign as Speaker of the House,” the caucus said.
“Rule IX, Clause 3 of the Rules of the House of Representatives for the One Hundred Seventeenth Congress requires that ‘A resolution causing a vacancy in the Office of Speaker shall not be privileged except if offered by direction of a party caucus or conference,’” it said.
“Speaker Pelosi’s tenure is destroying the House of Representatives and our ability to faithfully represent the people we are here to serve. Speaker Pelosi has championed unconstitutional changes like allowing proxy voting and insulting security measures like metal detectors for Members coming to the floor to vote,” it said.
More trouble is looming for Pelosi.
The coming midterm elections are not looking good for Democrats. Short of some miracle, Democrats are going to get smacked with a Red Wave in November.
Over 30 Democrat incumbents announced their retirements, which is usually a clear sign of coming doom.
A Punchbowl News poll taken among senior House staffers found that 60% believe that Pelosi will retire after the midterm elections.
“The poll also sampled general House staffers. Among the typical House staffers, 54 percent said Pelosi will retire. Congressional staffers are personnel that assists members of Congress and committees, answer constituent mail, write questions for committee hearings, conduct communication duties, and plot legislative maneuvers,” Breitbart reported.
“That more senior staffers believe Pelosi will retire likely comes from more experience and therefore carries more weight. Senior staffers told Punchbowl News Pelosi would not announce her retirement in the middle of a congressional session. But they do acknowledge Pelosi has previously said this would be her last term as speaker,” the outlet added.
The survey comes as the GOP is poised to take back the House next November and could even regain control of the Senate.
Thirty-seven percent cited as their top priority “D.C. corruption/dysfunction,” followed by 18% who said immigration, 10% who said healthcare, and 10% who said jobs and the economy.
Republicans only need a net gain of 5 seats to regain the House majority in the midterms next November.
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer is very confident that Republicans will take back the U.S. House of Representatives.