Nancy Pelosi: ‘I Don't Know What Putin Has on the President Politically, Personally or Financially’ 

By CNSNews.com Staff | September 8, 2020 | 10:41am EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) said in an appearance on MSNBC on Sunday that she did not know what Russian President Vladimir Putin has on President Donald Trump “politically, personally or financially.”

MSNBC host Maria Theresa Kumar asked: “Speaker Pelosi, why does Putin want to interfere in our election?”

“Well, again, I don't know what Putin has on the president politically, personally or financially,” said Pelosi.

  

“We'll find out when we see the president's tax returns,” she said. “But I do know that he has engaged in these kind of activities in other countries in order to discredit democracy, in order to discredit democracy. And that our own president should be an accomplice to that just raises so many questions. 

“But let’s not worry about him,” said Pelosi.

Here is a transcript of the part of Pelosi’s interview with MSNBC where she said that she doesn’t “know what Putin has on the president politically, personally or financially:”

Maria Theresa Kumar: “Speaker, I'm glad that you brought that up.  Oftentimes, Facebook says that political advertising is just, merely 1 percent of the revenue, when in fact 1 percent translates to over $600 million.  It's not small.  In that, when you talk about spreading misinformation, I want to talk about also how Putin oftentimes tries to use this idea that by attacking integrity of the election it actually ensures that people may not vote.  Do you think that the President is telegraphing something very similar here?  He's trying to do voter suppression by questioning whether someone's vote will be valid?” 

Speaker Pelosi: “Yes, indeed.  I think that's exactly what his purpose is.  Is to say, ‘Why should you vote?  Your vote will not be voted as cast.’  It's, again, a tactic on his part that must be ignored.  Leader Schumer and I are writing to our colleagues about this very subject, that again, undermines the legitimacy of our elections.  And it's in Putin's style.  And Putin likes to discredit democracy, ours or others around the world, and the President is being an accomplice in that in what he is saying. 

“So, it is – this is glorious for us.  In under 60 days, we'll have the election and have the results.  And we want to let people know they can vote and not have to risk their health in order to cast their vote.  No matter what the President says about, ‘Vote twice,’ anybody should know that's wrong and he has been told that.  Even though his Attorney General, again, is a henchman of the President in that regard.  It pains me to have to say that on a prayerful Sunday morning, but nonetheless, the facts must be faced.” 

Maria Theresa Kumar: “Speaker Pelosi, why does Putin want to interfere in our election?”

Speaker Pelosi: “Well, again, I don't know what Putin has on the President politically, personally or financially.  We'll find out when we see the President's tax returns, but I do know that he has engaged in these kind of activities in other countries in order to discredit democracy, in order to discredit democracy.  And that our own President should be an accomplice to that just raises so many questions. 

“But let’s not worry about him.” 

Maria Theresa Kumar: “I agree.”

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