The 'Outnumbered' panel on Tuesday discussed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's remark that subpoena power could be used to negotiate with the president if Democrats retake the House in the midterm elections.

Pelosi (D-Calif.) made the remark during CNN's "Citizen" forum in New York City on Monday and said that subpoena power is "a great arrow to have in your quiver in terms of negotiating on other subjects."

She also said that Democrats would "exercise oversight" over government agencies, something the current administration has "walked away" from.

Melissa Francis said that Pelosi's remarks show the need to "weigh the cost-benefit" of rallying a room full of people.


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Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano explained earlier Tuesday on "Fox & Friends" that subpoena power allows the majority in the House and the Senate to force testimony and ask for documents that would "frustrate" the executive branch.

"How does someone make that decision when they're going to a room to say things?" Francis said.

Democratic radio host Leslie Marshall added that Pelosi's remarks don't unite anyone, especially so close to the midterm elections.

"I cringe over that sound bite," she said. "This doesn't get anything done."

Harris Faulkner also said that Pelosi's comments stemmed from "the thirst to stay relevant" as younger Democrats vie for her position.

Watch the discussion above.


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