Nancy Pelosi: ‘This President Has Welcomed Interference from Russia Into the Campaign’

CNSNews.com Staff | August 14, 2020 | 2:47pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) claimed on MSNBC this morning that President Donald Trump “has welcomed interference from Russia” into the U.S. election campaign.

Pelosi was asked by MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin about Trump claiming that, as Mohyeldin put it, “mail-in voting could lead to foreign interference from countries like Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.”

“Well, this is ironic--or if that’s the word--because this president has welcomed interference from Russia into the campaign,” Pelosi responded.

“And he knows that Russia is 24/7 actively working to help re-elect him,” she said. "So let's--this is a sad situation."

“We take an oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic,” Pelosi said. “The actions this administration are taking, vis-a-vis our voting system, our sacred right to vote, are a domestic assault on our Constitution.” 

“We are fighting in the courts to prevent them from putting up other obstacles to participation, and we are fighting along the internet to make sure that Russia’s attempt to re-elect their friend, Donald Trump, does not steal the election,” Pelosi said.

“We think that the American people—and I think they agree—should decide who will be president of thet United States, not Vladimir Putin,” she said.

Here is a transcript of the parts of Pelosi’s interview with MSNBC where she talked about Russian interference in the election:

Ayman Mohyeldin: “So, the President also, Madam Speaker, claims that mail-in voting could lead to foreign interference from countries like Russia, China, North Korea and Iran.  You get intelligence briefings, can you set the record straight?  Is there anything you've seen that backs up his claim? 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “Well, this is ironic--or if that’s the word--because this President has welcomed interference from Russia into the campaign. And he knows that Russia is 24/7 actively working to help re-elect him. So let's--this is a sad situation.  We take an oath of office to protect the--and defend The Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. The actions this Administration are taking, vis-a-vis our voting system, our sacred right to vote, are a domestic assault on our Constitution. 

And what--I think we spend too much time on what the President says and notion mongers out there. Let's focus on how we can crush this virus, how we can support our children to go to school in a very safe way, we can put money in the pockets of the American people so that our economy is strengthened, rather than take time wondering what he meant and if he knew what he was even talking about at the time and if his advisers do as well. 

“I think one day children and grandchildren of these Republicans who are in office now or serving the Administration in one capacity or another will say to their father or grandfather or grandmother, ‘What did you do to protect our country from this assault on everything that we stand for?’ An assault on our elections, an assault on our environment, an assault on the people that we are, a nation of immigrants, an assault on our Constitution. They're going to have to answer to their children and grandchildren for this, because their silence is really deadly to so much of what we care about.”

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“We are fighting in the courts to prevent them from putting up other obstacles to participation, and we are fighting along the internet to make sure that Russia’s attempt to re-elect their friend, Donald Trump, does not steal the election. We think that the American people—and I think they agree—should decide who will be president of thet United States, not Vladimir Putin.”

 

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