Comparing President Donald Trump to a drug addict or alcoholic, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she hopes Trump’s family stages “an intervention for the good of the country.” She claims he was anything but cooperative during the President’s meeting with her and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Unfortunately, the news media covered that story like white on rice, despite others who claimed Trump was civil and wanted to discuss money for infrastructure and the border wall. In fact, it was Pelosi who looked disheveled, perspiring and flailing in her usual incomprehensible style. Yet, the talking heads on CNN, MSNBC, and other major news outlets treated her if she were a victorious war hero.
Pelosi would most probably never remain squeaky-clean had she been the subject of three years of investigations by both houses of Congress, a Special Counsel who was a “real Republican,” and a news media that freely displaced their hatred for Donald Trump the subject of the probe. She has been chosen as the Most Corrupt Politician of the Year four times by political watchdogs such as Judicial Watch.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who in 2007 promised a new era of ethics enforcement in the House of Representatives, snuck a $25 million gift to her husband, Paul Pelosi, in a $15 billion Water Resources Development Act passed by Congress.
The pet project involved renovating ports in Speaker Pelosi’s home base of San Francisco. Pelosi just happens to own apartment buildings near the areas targeted for improvement, and will almost certainly experience a significant boost in property value as a result of Pelosi’s earmark.
Earlier in this year, Pelosi found herself in hot water for demanding access to a luxury Air Force jet to ferry the Speaker and her entourage back and forth from San Francisco non-stop, in unprecedented request which was wisely rejected by the Trump Pentagon. And under Pelosi’s leadership, the House ethics process remains essentially shut down – which protects members in both parties from accountability.
At the heart of the corruption problem in Washington, D.C. is a sense of entitlement. Politicians believe laws and rules (even the U.S. Constitution) apply to the rest of us but not to them. Case in point: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her excessive and boorish demands for military travel.
Judicial Watch obtained documents from the Pentagon in 2008 that suggest Pelosi has been treating the Air Force like her own personal airline. These documents, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, include internal Pentagon email correspondence detailing attempts by Pentagon staff to accommodate Pelosi’s numerous requests for military escorts and military aircraft, as well as the speaker’s 11th hour cancellations and changes.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also came under fire in April 2009, when she claimed she was never briefed about the CIA’s use of the waterboarding technique during terrorism investigations. The CIA produced a report documenting a briefing with Pelosi on September 4, 2002, that suggests otherwise. Quite simply, Pelosi lied as did so many other anti-war Democrats such as Sens. Dick Durbin, John Kerry and other career politicians.
Judicial Watch also obtained documents, including a CIA Inspector General report, which further confirmed that Congress was fully briefed on the enhanced interrogation techniques. Aside from her own personal transgressions, Nancy Pelosi has ignored serious incidents of corruption within her own party, including many of the individuals on the list of Democratic Deep State Swamp Dwellers..
While not part of Pelosi’s unethical behavior in Congress, as House Speaker she did a minimal amount of work to cleanse the corruption that existed in the lower chamber. A perfect example was the case of California Congresswoman: Rep. Maxine Waters who is one of the most senior and one of the most outspoken members of Congress. She is also one of the most corrupt.
In August 2010, an investigative subcommittee of the House Ethics Committee charged Rep. Waters with three counts of violating House rules and ethics regulations in connection with her use of power and influence on behalf of OneUnited Bank. She was expected to face an ethics trial in late 2010, but the committee delayed the trial indefinitely on November 29, 2010, citing newly discovered documentary evidence that may impact proceedings.
The delay apparently has less to do with evidence and more to do with infighting on the panel. Ultimately, an outside counsel was retained and a recommendation was expected by January 2, 2012. However, the Committee announced that the Waters probe will be extended until July 31, 2012.
According to The Associated Press, the charges currently under the House Ethics Committee microscope “focus on whether Waters broke the rules in requesting federal help [bailout money] for a bank where her husband owned stock and had served on the board of directors.” At the time she requested the help, Waters neglected to tell Treasury officials about her financial ties to One United Bank.
Without intervention by Waters (and a big assist from her co-conspirator Rep. Barney Frank), One United was an extremely unlikely candidate for Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) funding. The Treasury Department indicated that it would only provide bailout funds to healthy banks to jump-start lending. However, Judicial Watch uncovered documents detailing the deplorable financial condition of OneUnited at the time of the cash infusion. In fact, just prior to the bailout, OneUnited received a “less than satisfactory rating.”
Aside from OneUnited, there was yet another scandal with Waters’ fingerprints all over it.
According to The Washington Times: “A lobbyist known as one of California’s most successful power brokers while serving as a legislative leader in that state paid Rep. Maxine Waters’ husband $15,000 in consulting fees at a time she was co-sponsoring legislation that would help save the real-estate finance business of one of the lobbyist’s best-paying clients…”
“Real-estate finance businesses,” such as the one helped by Waters’ influence, were labeled a “scam” by the IRS in a 2006 report.
Despite all of her ethical woes, Maxine Waters took over retired Barney Frank’s position as the ranking Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee and then she was appointed chairwoman. It is quite obvious that Rep. Waters has neither the integrity nor the ethics necessary to hold such a position of public trust, but that doesn’t mean anything to the deceitful Speaker Pelosi.