House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called for an FBI investigation into allegations President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign had links with the Kremlin following a closed-door briefing at the Capitol Friday.
“The FBI should be investigating this charge, because what is it that the Russians know or have about that communication during the campaign that increases their leverage over this new administration?” she told reporters at her weekly press conference.
Pelosi was unable to provide details from the classified meeting, adding she could not confirm whether the investigation will take place.
“I can just say publicly that I think the American people are owed the truth, and there’s a great deal of evidence to say that this is an issue of high interest to the American people – the strength, the integrity of our own democracy,” she said. “And for that reason the FBI should let us know whether they’re doing that.”
She went on to slam Republican senators for opting against an investigation into the matter.
“Leader [Mitch] McConnell is saying the [Senate] Intelligence Committee can do that,” she said. “Meanwhile, the GOP chair of the Senate Intel Committee, Sen. Burr, announced he will not investigate Russia and the campaign in the U.S.,” she said. “That makes Republicans accomplices in my view of President-elect Trump’s praise of Putin.”
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