Coming on the heels of Hillary Clinton escaping prosecution for her gross negligence as a government official, we now have a report of Nancy Pelosi appearing to be above the law.
In a letter to the editor of the St. Helena Star (a Napa Valley publication), St. Helena resident Paul Smith recounts what he witnessed when Pelosi went shopping for shoes on 06/04/16:
“A large perfectly polished and gleaming black SUV is attempting a left turn from Hunt onto southbound Main (not easy). Suddenly blue/red lights are flashing from the windshield area of the SUV (like you would see in an official fire/police vehicle). . . The big black SUV then darts out across both lanes of traffic with lights flashing in both front and rear windows. It goes directly into the red zone/fire hydrant area in front of Padis and Footcandy. . . a man exits the SUV assisting a woman from the vehicle. She dashes off to Footcandy while he waits by the SUV in the red zone. . . As I approach Footcandy, Nancy Pelosi comes out with her shopping bags and the man assists her into the awaiting SUV. The SUV, with lights flashing, bursts back into southbound traffic.”
When the newspaper asked St. Helena Police Chief Bill Imboden to respond to Smith’s letter, Imboden replied with the following:
“The St. Helena Police Department has received similar complaints in the past, and on occasion we come across a scenario like what is mentioned in the complaint. Unfortunately local law enforcement has no authority to prevent this type of activity. The U.S. Capitol Police and the U.S. Secret Service provide dignitary protection for certain high-ranking members of the Federal Government, and this protection comes with the discretion to violate some state and local laws (illegal U-turns, parking in a red zone) under the guise of providing the best possible protection to the dignitary. In the case of Congresswoman Pelosi, she receives her protection detail from the Capitol Police. As the Chief of Police in St. Helena I can assure you we don’t like or condone their behavior, but I can tell you from personal experience that while they sympathize with the position they put us in, they will not alter their tactics to appease us.”
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Pelosi’s spokesman is denying that Pelosi’s driver did anything wrong:
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill confirmed that his boss was in Napa County on the weekend in question, but insisted that Smith had gotten it wrong. “This is not at all an accurate account,” he said without elaborating. “The security detail always complies with appropriate laws and regulations.”
St. Helena’s villagers responded to Hammill this way:
The San Francisco Chronicle elaborates:
Imboden told us that Pelosi visits St. Helena a lot — she and her husband have a winery just outside town — and that her security detail at times plays fast and loose with the traffic laws. But Pelosi’s isn’t the only one, he said — it happens with other VIPs as well. “Typically, they turn where they want to, or double park, or park in red zones … and in front of fire hydrants,” the chief said. “But I’ve never seen them in a handicapped zone.” These antics “happen occasionally, and it makes us cringe a little,” Imboden said. “It’s not something we would do, but it’s not something we can stop them from doing.”
Who knew that it was of vital national interest for Pelosi to buy high-end designer shoes?