“Aid and Comfort” To the Enemy: Speaker Pelosi Ramps Up Attacks On Republican Colleagues Amidst Calls For Expulsions

Speaker Nancy Pelosi ramped up the attacks on members of her own house this week, accusing them of giving “aid and comfort” to those who want to destroy the nation.  The comments came after Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., denied a public accusation by Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., that she personally took rioters around the capitol for a tour before the attack on January 6th.  Boebert pointed out that the “rioters” were her family members and she has never given such tours. Rather than encouraging colleagues to avoid baseless and inflammatory accusations pending review of what occurred on January 6th, Pelosi threw gasoline on the fire and accused her colleagues of giving “aid and comfort” to those who were trying to destroy the Constitution and the country.  It is, in my view, another failure of leadership by the Speaker in her duties to the institution as a whole.

Like many, I support a commission to look into how these rioters gained such rapid entry into the Capitol Hill.  However, Democratic members have claimed that Republican members were actual co-conspirators in the riot in supplying access to the building to plan out the attack. Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D., N.J.) went public with an extraordinary allegation against some of her colleagues that they conducted secret surveillance in a conspiracy with rioters at the Capitol. Sherrill stated in a Facebook live address to her constituents that she witnessed the surveillance personally. She said unidentified members of Congress “had groups coming through the Capitol” in “a reconnaissance for the next day.”

Sherill has still not supplied any of the names of her colleagues to who worked as inside co-conspirators. As noted earlier, this is an unambiguous allegation of criminal conduct against colleagues.  Either members were conspiring in a crime or Sherill unfairly defamed her colleagues. Article I, Section 5, the Constitution says, “Each House (of Congress) may determine the Rules of its proceedings, punish its members for disorderly behavior, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, expel a member.”  The House may discipline members for violations of both unlawful conduct as well as any conduct which the House of Representatives finds has reflected discredit upon the institution. In re Chapman, 166 U.S. 661, 669-670 (1897). A House Select Committee in 1967 stated:

Censure of a Member has been deemed appropriate in cases of a breach of the privileges of the House. There are two classes of privilege, the one, affecting the rights of the House collectively, its safety, dignity, and the integrity of its proceedings; and the other, affecting the rights, reputation, and conduct of Members, individually. Most cases of censure have involved the use of unparliamentary language, assaults upon a Member or insults to the House by introductions of offensive resolutions, but in five cases in the House and one in the Senate [as of 1967] censure was based on corrupt acts by a Member, and in another Senate case censure was based upon noncooperation with and abuse of Senate committees.

If members did conspire as alleged by Rep. Sherrill, they could be expelled for that criminal act.  They would also face prosecution.  It would be a betrayal of not just Congress but the country.

One would think that this rising level of acrimony would prompt a Speaker to calm her members and call for an investigation. Speaker Pelosi however proceeded to ramp up the rhetoric. She started out well by stating, “You have to have evidence for what has happened.” She then took a shot at Republicans and stated “There is no question that there were members in this body who gave aid and comfort to those with the idea that they were embracing a lie — a lie perpetrated by the president of the United States that the election did not have legitimacy.” The language comes from the treason language in the Constitution Article III, Section 3 states: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or, in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”

In the context of alleged criminal conspiracy by members, the use of this language clearly suggested members were more than just politically at fault for their positions. It suggested that they were traitors.

These attacks are coming as some members are calling for the possible expulsion of members for challenging the electoral votes, an act expressly allowed under federal law and repeatedly done by Democrats in prior elections.  It is an example of the rage-filled politics that continues to build in our country, including calls for blacklists and punitive measures against anyone deemed supportive of Trump.  As I noted in today’s column, it is a crisis of leadership in this country when we desperately need leaders who can unite us rather than capitalize on our divisions.

196 thoughts on ““Aid and Comfort” To the Enemy: Speaker Pelosi Ramps Up Attacks On Republican Colleagues Amidst Calls For Expulsions”

  1. JT is dishonest in this post. The constitution does not allow Congress to reject the EC votes of states. JT knows that neither federal law, nor past practices can in any way go against the constitution. What they did was illegal and an affront to our democracy.

  2. The attacks must be aimed squarely at Pelosi. Oust her. Vote them all out! Democrats are beneath contempt….

    ‘I’m a Democrat, for political consultant to Clinton and Gore campaigns. Horrible thing is, I know it’s possible that businesses in blue states were closed to tighten screws on Trump, and will open to boost Biden, all justified by (fraudulent) PCR Covid tests that can go up..or down from simply by tweaking the ct cycles. I see blue states ‘opening up’ now and my heart is breaking for all those killed off businesses, hungry families, desperate small landlords, bar owners, restaurateurs. Seems impossible to believe anyone can be that cruel but yes it’s entirely possible, looking even likely, that crisis was dialed up to make Trump, Republicans look bad, even though it killed economies and businesses, isolated kids, and will be magically dialed down now. The other side might do comparably bad stuff but they are more subtle…so for God’s sake, takeaway should be pass laws refusing emergency powers of this kind to anyone ever again and to look at Covid crisis as we learned to look at terrorism hype: real to a degree, then beyond that wholly politically manufactured.’

    @naomirwolf

    1. “‘I’m a Democrat, for political consultant to Clinton and Gore campaigns. Horrible thing is, I know it’s possible that businesses in blue states were closed to tighten screws on Trump, and will open to boost Biden,”

      Aside from beating Trump why else would there seemingly be such strong support for closing the country down? The largest of companies did well under that scenario as their competition was put out of business. They donated heavily to the Democrats both financially and in other ways. Jeff Bezos profited by 75Billion dollars. Amazon sales have been wonderful. The WashingtonPost was fully supportive of Biden. I wonder why only the regular working people seemed to suffer under the hands of Democrat propaganda.

    2. The new COVID-19 variant (B.1.1.7) may oust her. It is already here in the USA, in 17 States including Maryland.

      So now that Dems have control of the US Congress and White House, their plan to save America from the Wuhan virus that is rapidly mutating into more lethal variants, is to bring Trump to the US Senate for impeachment follow up conviction. Brilliant

      SAGE meeting paper: Cover sheet
      Paper title: NERVTAG note on B.1.1.7 severity
      Authors: Peter Horby, Catherine Huntley, Nick Davies, John Edmunds, Neil Ferguson, Graham Medley, Andrew Hayward, Muge Cevik, Calum Semple

      https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/955239/NERVTAG_paper_on_variant_of_concern__VOC__B.1.1.7.pdf

      Based on these analyses, there is a realistic possibility that infection with VOC B.1.1.7 is associated with an increased risk of death compared to infection with non-VOC viruses.

      1. The trial would be a great opportunity for Trump’s legal defense to sidebar into the governors’ abuse of power and put the govs on trial.

    3. Astounded at your candor, Ms. Wolf–really–and deeply appreciative. I remember you from the Gore campaign.

      I’m no Democrat, but I doubted the Democrats were murdering businesses in their own states out of pure, political animus towards Trump. Then I saw Cuomo, who is probably the least radical among them, do a complete 180 right as Biden was coming into office (even thought the infection rate was and is still very high in NY).

      As cynical as poor Diogenes is, I realized I had not been cynical enough about their abuse of power. I am horrified about the future implications.

      Professor Turley really should raise this issue. The raw, political abuse of emergency powers sets a horrible precedent for the Constitution.

    4. “I see blue states ‘opening up’ now and my heart is breaking for all those killed off businesses, hungry families, desperate small landlords, bar owners, restaurateurs”

      EVERYBODY HAS NOTICED THIS THE PAST FEW DAYS. Bue states Michigan and Illinois just yesterday “opening up”

      sickening liars who weaponized public health for their own political advantage and hurt the people

      damn them to hell

      Saloth Sar

  3. Nancy Pelosi herself needs to be expelled from Congress. She’s rotten to the core,
    a liar through and through who hates everyone as she sees herself crumbling.
    Fortunately her days at the helm are coming to an end fast and furious.

  4. Is it gving aid and comfort to the enemy that Comrade Pelosi should be charged with OR has she been one of them all along?

  5. Repubs are with the Russians and Demcraps with the Chinese. Stalin and Mao…sitting in a tree. Laughing at us as we wee.

    1. Ery getting an education. The Russians you speak of dumped Communist Socialism in 1991. The falsely named democrats have never been democratic just as our Constitutional Republic has never been a democracy. Comrade Pelosi and party are more communist than the Communist party of pre 1990 Russia and Comrade Piglosi aka Comrade Benita Pelosillyni is one of those with primary responsibility. Even the Chinese switched to the capitalist system. The Democrats are the new Communist party except for those who are national or fascist socialists. Even the race traitor Perez actions against the hispanics didn’t stop them from voting for the Socialists. they invited DACA parents with family then dumped them just as Biden is dumping the curtain hispanics That is to make sure they never get the vote so as to protect their number one policy of abortion. The part of the GOP that stands with the leftist Sociaists are Republicans in Name only and work directy for Piglosi.

      And she rails at and rants at others as aiding and abetting the enemy? What enemy. Just fascists, socialists like Communists and neo Nazis and regressive socialists exactly the same thing. Apparently the enemy to Pelosi are Constitutional Republic Citizens

  6. Maybe instead of alternate day gasoline fill-ups maybe we will get to alternate day driving.

    “New tax on number of miles you drive? Incoming Transportation Secretary Buttigieg likes the idea
    Buttigieg endorsed moving to a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) system as a presidential candidate.”

    https://justthenews.com/government/white-house/incoming-transportation-sec-buttigieg-suggests-taxing-americans-amount-miles?utm_source=daily-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

    1. maybe we will get to alternate day driving.

      Somebody was living in New York in 1973-74. Bit before Booty-gag’s time.

  7. Anyone who thinks the FBI actions were intended to aid Trump is silly.

    “Steele himself even admitted part of his motive for leaking the Russia collusion story in fall 2016 was to counteract the lingering email scandal he feared was hurting Clinton’s chances of winning the election. He also pinpointed the earliest known research designed to tie Trump to a Russian plot ultimately proven not to exist.

    Steele told agents during a September 2017 debriefing that longtime Clinton associate Cody Shearer wrote an earlier Russian dossier with unverified, salacious claims about Trump in April 2016. Shearer, he recounted, eventually routed it through a senior State Department official named Jonathan Winer to Steele, who then gave it to the FBI.

    “This is the CODY SHEARER and JON WINER report,” Steele told FBI agents when asked about an Oct. 19, 2016 memo included in his compilation of documents that became known as the Steele dossier. “STEELE advised that this was not an ORBIS report. STEELE received this report from JON WINER.”

    Continued at: https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/trap-clintons-russia-collusion-research-started-much?utm_source=daily-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

    FBi documentation at:

    https://justthenews.com/sites/default/files/2021-01/Steele2017FBIDebriefingReCodyShearer.pdf

  8. There is a low bar for “political allegations”. No requirement for evidence or facts. A burden of proof that is lower than rational, reasonable belief or minimal corroboration. Words that have legal significance and established definitions are cast about in political allegations without the benefit of context, differences, let alone impartial reporting.

  9. Hey Nancy, you say that your opposition should be expelled. You tell us that they are traitors. The punishment for traitors is a march to the gallows. Why don’t you push for the letter of the law to be carried out? Your accusal demands it. We must therefore conclude that a sentence of death is your actual encouragement. Nancy, you are very clever. You leave the final solution for your followers to surmise.

  10. Liberty2nd says to shoot people at the Capitol and to fire hose them. Were their many there with the desire to peacefully protest? Please do not forget that he says such things. Every time that he posts we should remember that he has called for the murder of any opposition to his point of view. Remember and weigh his views with his history in mind.

  11. Pelosi is an embarrassment for America and the world. The only ones who appreciate her lunacy are the far left and those who support them in Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, etc. She is long past her sell by date and should be removed from the shelf.

  12. One would think that this rising level of acrimony would prompt a Speaker to calm her members and call for an investigation. Speaker Pelosi however proceeded to ramp up the rhetoric.

    The 20th century produced a self-absorbed people, a culture of narcissism, label as a threat any sense of love of other, of work, of family life, of higher values. Pelosi is just like Trump: manipulate the masses to further herself.

    “The best defenses against the terrors of existence are the homely comforts of love, work, and family life, which connect us to a world that is independent of our wishes yet responsive to our needs. It is through love and work, as Freud noted in a characteristically pungent remark, that we exchange crippling emotional conflict for ordinary unhappiness. Love and work enable each of us to explore a small corner of the world and to come to accept it on its own terms. But our society tends either to devalue small comforts or else to expect too much of them. Our standards of “creative, meaningful work” are too exalted to survive disappointment. Our ideal of “true romance” puts an impossible burden on personal relationships. We demand too much of life, too little of ourselves.

    Our growing dependence on technologies no one seems to understand or control has given rise to feelings of powerlessness and victimization. We find it more and more difficult to achieve a sense of continuity, permanence, or connection with the world around us. Relationships with others are notably fragile; goods are made to be used up and discarded; reality is experienced as an unstable environment of flickering images. Everything conspires to encourage escapist solutions to the psychological problems of dependence, separation, and individuation, and to discourage the moral realism that makes it possible for human beings to come to terms with existential constraints on their power and freedom.”

    Excerpt From
    The Culture of Narcissism, @1978
    Christopher Lasch
    ISBN-10 : 0393011771

    https://www.amazon.com/Culture-Narcissism-American-Diminishing-Expectations/dp/0393011771/

  13. Three big unions that went all in for Biden are now upset that thousands of their members are losing jobs because of Biden’s XL Pipeline order.

    Suckers.

    1. “Three big unions that went all in for Biden are now upset . . .”

      To borrow a line: “Brother[s], you asked for it!”

  14. Biden’s oil and gas moratorium has shocked New Mexico.

    New Mexico went for Biden without cheating.

    Suckers.

    1. “Biden’s oil and gas moratorium has shocked New Mexico.”

      And is sending tremors through the rest of the economy — including transportation, parts and raw materials manufacturers, restaurants, finance, et al. Already, gas prices are rising, about $.15/gallon. Buckle up for skyrocketing utility and fuel prices, with the dramatic drop in production.

      As the Biden-caused crises worsens, his bureaucrats and talking heads will blame “greedy” capitalists. And as controls breed more controls, his administration will demand more controls — price caps, nationalizations, rationing. Think the ’70s, on steroids.

      Thus Biden’s slogan: “Make America Weak Again.”

      If I were Trump, I’d be tempted to ask: “Miss me yet?”

      1. “Thus Biden’s slogan: “Make America Weak Again.””

        I thought the slogan was ‘Make China Great Again’, MCGA. No big deal to those that do not think. All that is being done is to change an A to a C which is only two letters away.

      2. One oil/gas person here is saying Biden’s actions will cost that Industry around 4 million high paying jobs.

        Say hello to Economic Busts & notice Biden’s already restarting wars in the Middle East, 1st up return to Syria.

        And China is licking it’s lips at now Owning the US govt.

    2. This is the only non-frivolous complaint regarding President Biden’s initial actions. The rest are the typical wack-job wing-nut conspiracy-nut refuse that brings me here for entertainment purposes.
      In regards to this lone non-frivolous compliant, I think the presidential administration should work with the pertinent New Mexico officials to craft a more nuanced manner of achieving the ultimate goal. Good business practices often require a transitional approach to a change in direction.

      This is from m a k r

    1. Is it a defect in our system that allows someone who couldn’t get elected dog catcher in 80% of the country to wield this much power?

      1. Yep. Congress and the caucuses therein could deal with this situation in several ways:

        1. Elect all officers of each chamber from outside the chamber membership – e.g. having a non-partisan speaker from among the elderly and retired federal judges in Washington. (While we’re at it, remove the Speaker and the President pro tem of the Senate from the Presidential Succession Law).

        2. Rotating committee assignments: in parceling out assignments at the beginning of each Congress, debar someone who has sat on a given committee for 9 of the last 10 years (or will hit that limit during the life of this new Congress) from being assigned to said committee. Have a similar rule in regard to persons elected by each caucus e.g. the floor leader and the whip.

        3. Distributing open seats on given committees by lot.

        4. Require a vote of the whole caucus or a vote of a standing disciplinary panel before someone can be stripped of their assignments a la Steve King.

        5. Have a larger number of standing committees, with smaller memberships. Organize your committees into agency-delineated committees (which would be responsible for appropriations bills and oversight hearings), code-delineated committees (which would be responsible for statutory legislation), and process committees (which would be responsible for rules, miscellaneous oversight, and the annual budget resolution). Sort your committees into Schedule A (agency-delineated committees and the budget committee) and Schedule B (code-delineated committees and the other process committees). In the House, each member would be due one seat on Schedule A and one on Schedule B. In the Senate, each member would be due 2 seats on Schedule A and 2 on Schedule B. Some members in the House majority caucus would receive an extra seat to maintain the partisan majority on all committees and most of the majority caucus in the Senate would receive an extra seat. So, House members would each sit on 2 committees (occasionally 3) and Senators on 4 committees (though commonly 5).

        San Fran Nan and Steny Hoyer should have had to rotate out of the caucus leadership 8 or 10 years ago. Ditto McConnell.

        1. Or, a newly-reconstituted GOP could favor and promulgate policies that attract a majority of votes. Easy-peasy

          1. Take the power away from the big money to buy this all off as they please…

            What, big money (billionaires) are only as dangerous as the law allows? So the root cause of our problems is not billionaires, but rather what politicians billionaires (big money) can buy.

            Got it.

            1. why are you wasting your time trying to protect billionaires olly. you know they don’t waste their time protecting you

              in fact while we got locked down, sicker and poorer, they got richer and bought the election too

              https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/oct/07/covid-19-crisis-boosts-the-fortunes-of-worlds-billionaires

              they don’t need you running interference for them. they’re collectively– along with their AI monstrosities, pretty much the ANTICHRIST

              1. why are you wasting your time trying to protect billionaires olly.

                🤣 you know damn well I’m inconsequential to the life of a billionaire. Why are you wasting your time protecting the political class? That’s 535 people that have the power to strip billionaires of their power.

                Of course you are still dodging this question:

                If you eliminate billionaires, do our problems go away?

  15. Look back DemocRats Always have accused Trump or Republicans what they are guilty of such as collusion with Russia or Biden’s Pay to Play in Ukraine. FBI FBIWFO MUST investigate if DNC Military Arm ANTIFA BLM ✊🏿 coordinated with Pelosi or Schumer aides to Organize DC riots to derail hearings & Frame Trump & his supporters as Domestic Terrorists! Where was Nancy & Schumer when ANTIFA attacked White House last Summer and started a fire in The National Cathedral?
    They mocked Trump when USSS Agents moved Trumps to Sade space bunker! DC mayor refused Trump’s offer of National Guard. DemocRats can’t just cheat to defeat you they must destroy you!

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