House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday noted it was Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), not him, who promised to “drain the swamp” of corruption in Washington.
Pelosi famously vowed in 2006 to “drain the swamp” that ensnared Republican members and their leaders during the George W. Bush administration.
During his weekly press conference Tuesday, Hoyer clarified he has never used that phrase.
“I didn’t use that term,” Hoyer said while fending off questions about embattled Rep. Charles Rangel and whether House leaders intend to let the New York Democrat defend himself before the ethics committee.
Hoyer stressed the ethics rules put in place by Democrats following the 2006 elections are “working,” and cited the charges being brought against Rangel as direct evidence of a more “visible,” “vigorous” and “meaningful” ethics process.