House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi refused to comment this morning on reports that Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., will resign from office this afternoon at a 2:00 p.m. news conference in New York.
“We are here to talk about jobs, about protecting Medicare and to protect the Middle Class,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said as she opened her remarks at her morning news conference. “If you are here to ask a question about Congressman Weiner I won’t be answering any. I’ve made the statements I’m going to make. It’s my understanding that later in the day he will be having a press conference and after that I will have a statement.”
Nevertheless, reporters peppered Pelosi with question after question about Weiner’s highly-anticipated announcement.
“Perhaps I was unclear – I am not going to be responding to questions about Anthony Weiner,” Pelosi said. “Let’s see what he decides to do today and we will go from there, but I am not going to be making any announcement for him or about him at this time.”
Asked whether she would withdraw her request for the House Ethics committee to conduct an investigation into the Weiner matter, Pelosi said it was premature to discuss the situation ahead of Weiner’s announcement.
“We’ll have a chance to talk about this, but we’re not doing it before we have a decision from Mr. Weiner, Congressman Weiner. We respectfully gave him time when his wife came home for them to talk, he’s going to make an announcement, I am not going to predicate any remarks on a decision that we haven’t hear yet,” Pelosi said.
As she left the press conference, Pelosi refused to address questions into the content of her phone conversation Wednesday evening while she was at the White House for a congressional picnic. Despite heavy pressure from President Obama, and the House Democratic Leadership, she also declined to answer whether she was relieved Weiner is resigning.
On Monday Pelosi amped up the volume of her call for Weiner to step down, although she admitted that she did not have the power, nor does anyone else, to force him out of office.
“None of us — not anybody here — has the power to force somebody out of office. That person has to decide himself as to whether he will stay or he will go,” Pelosi said Monday. “I hope that with the president having spoken and some leaders in Congress speaking out that Congressman Weiner will hear this and know that it’s in his best interest to leave Congress.”
Read more on reports that Weiner will resign here.