Rep. Patrick McHenry, the acting speaker, gave outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi an order to leave her secret Capitol office by Wednesday in one of his first acts as speaker, according to an email seen by POLITICO that was sent to her office.
“Please vacate the space tomorrow, the room will be re-keyed,” a senior assistant on the House Administration Committee-controlled by Republicans wrote. The email stated that the acting speaker was reassigning the room “for speaker office use.”
After the Californian was ousted in a vote on Tuesday afternoon, McHenry—a longtime buddy of McCarthy’s—was first on his list to take over as temporary speaker.
In contrast to their regular presence in the Senate, only a small number of House lawmakers receive secret offices in the Capitol.
According to a representative for the outgoing speaker, Pelosi’s office made the transfer with assistance from House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries’ staff. This photo was taken outside the office at approximately 8 p.m. when employees were seen packing up:
In a statement, the outgoing speaker denounced the eviction as “a sharp departure from tradition” and said that, while in office, she had granted former Speaker Dennis Hastert “a significantly larger suite of offices for as long as he wished.”
In order to stay in San Francisco and attend memorial ceremonies for the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a close friend of the former speaker, Pelosi had missed the vote to remove McCarthy.
“Sadly, because I am in California to mourn the loss of and pay tribute to my dear friend Dianne Feinstein, I am unable to retrieve my belongings at this time,” she said.
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