House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this Sunday defended the choice to let the House interfere with an Iowa election that was already certified.
“Well, it was just six votes,” Pelosi said to George Stephanopoulos during an interview on ABC, going on to say that the Democratic candidate, Rita Hart, had asked for congressional involvement.
“This was a razor thin election,” Stephanopoulos said. “The votes were recounted and certified by the state, but there is a process that might lead to unseating a congresswoman, and Republicans are saying you are being hypocritical.”
Stephanopoulos later shared this tweet from GOP Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan:
“Why investigate when the election was certified by the state?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“Well, it was only six votes. And our Democratic candidate Rita Hart, asked for this,” Pelosi said, arguing that the House had the ability to intervene in such cases and could possibly unseat GOP Iowa Representative Mariannette Miller-Meeks.
“Six votes of the 400,000 cast. This is not unusual. This has happened before— when elections were close and one side asks to take it to the House. Even Justice Scalia has said the House has the ability to seat lawmakers, and therefore can count the votes,” Pelosi responded.