Pelosi (As FBI Moves to Arrest Stone): Shutdown Means FBI Can’t ‘Take Child Sexual Exploitation Cases to Grand Juries’

By CNSNews.com Staff | January 25, 2019 | 12:42 PM EST

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Screen Capture)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) went to the House floor on Thursday—as FBI agents working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller were apparently preparing for a pre-dawn raid on Roger Stone’s house—and declared that because of the government shutdown the FBI does not have the money it needs to “prosecute violent gang and drug traffickers” or “take child sexual exploitation cases to grand juries.”

“They write, the FBI writes,” Pelosi said, “‘We don't need funds to get drugs and guns off the—we don’t have funds to get drugs and guns off the streets and to prosecute the violent gang and drug traffickers.”

She continued, saying that the FBI claimed: “We aren't able to take child sexual exploitation cases to grand juries to seek indictments and warrants in order to get our most violent offenders arrested. … This just puts our children in jeopardy.”

Here is the transcript of an excerpt from Pelosi’s speech:

“The senseless shutdown shows the American people's safety and security is in peril.

“This week, FBI agents released a report warning of dire effects of the shutdown on nearly every aspect of their work.

“They write, the FBI writes: ‘We don't need funds to get drugs and guns off the—we don’t have funds to get drugs and guns off the streets and to prosecute the violent gang and drug traffickers….”

“We aren't able to take child sexual exploitation cases to grand juries to seek indictments and warrants in order to get our most violent offenders arrested. … This just puts our children in jeopardy….”

“'We have no funds’ to pay sources that provide cybersecurity intelligence to protect the country ‘against our foreign adversaries.’

“And they conclude: ‘The fear’ during this disastrous shutdown, ‘is our enemies know they can run freely.’

“The FBI talked about children, putting our children in jeopardy. This shutdown is putting so many children and the families of our federal workers in jeopardy as well.”

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