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  • Caitlyn Burge-Surles

Pelosi and Hoyer's Removal from Capitol Offices Adds to Congressional Chaos

Skidmore, Gage, 2018, Wikimedia Commons. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaking with attendees at a Trump Tax Town Hall hosted by Tax March at Events on Jackson in Phoenix, Arizona.

In the wake of Speaker McCarthy’s impeachment, former House speaker Nancy Pelosi and deputy Steny Hoyer were removed from their Capitol offices on Wednesday, leading to confusion and finger-pointing as various figures place the blame on interim speaker Patrick McHenry or his predecessor.

In a culmination of the controversial battle between McCarthy supporters and accusers, Speaker McCarthy was impeached Tuesday 216-210 for his efforts to prevent a government shutdown, making him the predecessor to interim McHenry and removing Rep. Pelosi from her predecessor office.

Rep. Pelosi called her removal “immediate” and "a sharp departure from tradition.” However, Rep. Garrett Graves (R-LA) told Axios "Now that she and other Democrats have caused there to be an immediately preceding speaker, she has removed herself from that office... that was a decision that Democrats and Speaker Pelosi made in giving that office to McCarthy.”

Although Rep. Pelosi has publicly placed the blame on Speaker McHenry for her swift removal while she “mourn[s] the loss of” late Sen. Dianne Feinstein in California, Republican sources told CNN that McCarthy is behind the displacement. McHenry was one of McCarthy’s top choices for an interim speaker should the need arise.

H-132, Rep. Pelosi’s former office quarters will be vacated of her belongings while she attends Sen. Feinstein’s Thursday funeral, and the office will be “re-keyed,” according to an email McHenry sent Pelosi hours after McCarthy’s impeachment.

October 11 has been set as the date for election of a new speaker. Reps. Jim Jordan and Steve Scalise have thrown their names into the ring, while McCarthy has chosen to leave himself out of the equation. “I will not seek to run again for Speaker of the House,” the former speaker said on X on Wednesday. “I may have lost a vote today, but I fought for what I believe in–and I believe in America. It has been an honor to serve.”


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