‘A waste of time’: Pelosi ducks question on Capitol security as Trump impeachment trial looms

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) lost her cool this week during a press conference, even going so far as telling one journalist that their question about security at the U.S. Capitol in the wake of a deadly attack there was “a waste of time.”

It was during her weekly presser Thursday that Pelosi snapped back at a Washington Examiner reporter who had pressed the House speaker on whether she and other congressional leaders could have done more to prepare for or even prevent the riot at the U.S. Capitol last month that left five dead.

“Your question is a waste of time,” Pelosi said, as the Examiner reported.

Pandora’s box

The exchange came less than a week before the Senate was set to begin its second impeachment trial of Donald Trump. The now-former president was impeached by the House just a week before leaving office on a single charge that he “incited” what Democrats called an insurrection at the Capitol, NPR reported at the time.

As House speaker, Pelosi is tasked with overseeing security at the Capitol — at least according to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who asked during an interview with Fox News in the wake of the attack: “Where was Nancy Pelosi?”

“It’s her job to provide Capitol security,” Graham charged.

The South Carolina Republican has since said that if Democrats push to have witnesses appear during the Senate’s upcoming trial, it would open the door to questions about her own leadership.

“If you open that can of worms, we’ll want the FBI to come in and tell us about how people pre-planned this attack and what happened with the security footprint at the Capitol,” Graham told Fox on Monday, according to the New York Post. “You open up Pandora’s box if you call one witness.”

Pelosi’s case

That apparently isn’t an issue that Pelosi wants to discuss, however; in fact, during her Thursday presser, the speaker skirted yet another question on the matter, refusing to “defend” why the Senate impeachment trial is needed, particularly now that Trump is no longer president.

“We don’t have to defend why it is necessary,” Pelosi said, according to the Daily Caller.

“They are going to be there to present the case,” she added of the House impeachment managers. “And we don’t have to talk about who is going to be there or not [as a witness] ’cause we just don’t know.”

If Graham is right, however, Pelosi may soon find that Trump’s second trial puts a brighter spotlight on her than anyone else.

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