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The GOP's new interim House speaker kicked Nancy Pelosi out of her hideaway office so he could use it himself

Joshua Zitser   

The GOP's new interim House speaker kicked Nancy Pelosi out of her hideaway office so he could use it himself
  • Rep. Patrick McHenry became speaker pro tempore after Rep. Kevin McCarthy was ousted on Tuesday.
  • One of his first acts was to tell Rep. Nancy Pelosi to vacate her hideaway office.

The new Republican interim House speaker made one of his first acts in office the ordering of Rep. Nancy Pelosi to immediately vacate her hideaway office.

Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina became speaker pro tempore role after Rep. Kevin McCarthy was ousted from his role on Tuesday.

McCarthy, a Republican, was ousted after a wing of his own party turned against him.

Politico was the first to report that Pelosi, a Democratic lawmaker who was House speaker until the start of this year, received email correspondence telling her to leave her hideaway office in the Capitol last night.

Hideaway offices are private, unlisted offices in the Capitol, which only the most senior members of the House typically get. Traditionally, the rooms are reserved for senators.

"Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed," said an email from a top aide on the Republican-controlled House Administration Committee, according to Politico.

The news outlet, which reviewed the message, said the email outlined how the room was being reassigned by McHenry for "speaker office use."

Axios reported that the email was sent about an hour and a half after McHenry became the acting speaker.

In a statement Tuesday, Pelosi denounced the eviction as a "sharp departure from tradition."

She added: "As Speaker, I gave former Speaker [Dennis] Hastert a significantly larger suite of offices for as long as he wished."

Pelosi continued: "Office space doesn't matter to me, but it seems to be important to them. Now that the new Republican Leadership has settled this important matter, let's hope they get to work on what's truly important for the American people."

Pelosi missed the vote on removing McCarthy because she was in San Francisco for the memorial service of the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein, which also meant she was unable to retrieve her belongings herself, she said, per Politico.

According to a Pelosi spokesperson, who spoke to Politico, House Minority Leader Hakeen Jeffries' staff helped pack up Pelosi's office on Tuesday night.

Representatives for McHenry, Pelosi, and the House Administration Committee did not immediately respond to Insider's requests for comment.




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