Pelosi: Republicans Voted to Release Intel Memo to 'Distract' From Tax Cuts

By Susan Jones | January 30, 2018 | 6:01am EST
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks to CNN's Chris Cuomo on Jan. 29, 2018. (Photo: Screen grab/CNN)

( - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) went on CNN Monday night to express her fury at Republicans on the House intelligence committee who voted to release a classified memo dealing with the ongoing Russia investigation.

She accused Republicans of "dangerously and recklessly dealing with intelligence" to "cover up" the Russia investigation.

She said the four-page memo, written by Republicans on the House intelligence committee, is false, a "total misrepresentation," a threat to national security, and on top of that, a "distraction."

The Republican Party has, as I said, crossed over to cover-up. They're deadly afraid of the Russia investigation. We don't want the investigation to be anything but based on the law and the facts and let the investigation proceed. That's the right thing to do for our country. We have to be respectful of law. We have to be respectful of intelligence and the rest. And what they're doing is reckless in regard to both.

But the fact is also that it is a distraction from the fact that they passed a tax bill that gives 83 percent of the benefits to the top 1 percent. They'd like to distract from that. And 86 million middle-class Americans will pay more in taxes...They do give this gift to corporate America at the expense of our children's future. They don't want to talk about that. They don't want to talk about the fact that they have -- what they've done in terms of the president put forth a ridiculous memo on...on infrastructure which doesn't even go near what our country needs.

They are doing bad things in terms of immigration and the rest. What they do is they give you a nugget. They say, here's what we're doing on immigration. Isn't that wonderful? It looks so pretty, and while they do very unpretty things behind the scenes. Same thing with the tax bill. Isn't this a nice little thing we're giving you while we give-- And same thing again with intelligence. We're going to show you a memo. This is ridiculous. It's beyond ridiculous.

Pelosi also argued that Republicans voted to release the classified memo because "they can't keep government open."

"I want to tell you something. You're missing it. This is very big," Pelosi explained to CNN's Chris Cuomo. "This is very big in terms of -- in terms of what line they have crossed tonight. And it's shocking really but not surprising because they're desperate. And they're desperate because, look, they can't keep government open...Now they're trying to get their their fifth continuing resolution because they're incompetent and they're ineffective, and all they have to do is sit down and say, let's come to terms on how we're going to fund the government."

"And you're saying the Democrats are willing partners in that process?" Cuomo asked her.

"Absolutely. We have been willing partners," she said.

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