Pelosi on Memo: ‘Nunes is Really a Stooge for the White House’
WASHINGTON – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) a “stooge for the White House” due to his staff preparing a classified memo that reportedly alleges a controversial dossier was inappropriately used to renew a surveillance warrant against Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
“The speaker has appointed somebody who's totally irresponsible, politicizing the process and really it should not be happening. For example, right now he's talking about releasing a document, releasing a document that is predicated on another document, that was put together on the basis of total misrepresentation. It's like the wrap-up smear. Let me do a terrible document. Now, let me write a report on it and release it feathers to the wind as people see it,” Pelosi said during a Washington Post Live State of the Union Preview event on Monday.
“Now, as you said, I have seen most of the underlying documents – I can tell you that the memo that they reference is a misrepresentation,” she added. “…This is about our national security. This is about protecting sources and methods. This is about the integrity of our intelligence. It should never be politicized. And that's what they're doing. And Nunes is really a stooge for the White House to do all of this – since we're spending time together, I thought we wouldn't waste any of it with any niceties.”
The Intelligence Committee voted Monday along party lines to release the memo. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the committee’s ranking member, protested the decision not to simultaneously release a Democratic memo written in response.
“This is an effort to circle the wagons around the White House and distract from the Russia probe,” Schiff said.
Pelosi also expressed her opposition to the 20-week abortion ban bill that the Senate is considering. She said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is “up to practicing medicine, which as far as I know he has no credentials for” by working to move the legislation through the Senate.
“However, this is saying to doctors what they can or cannot do and what is legal if they do. This is about the health and well-being of the mother. We shouldn't be going down this path. But it's a bone that they throw to their base and it's sad,” Pelosi said.
“I grant people their position on where they are on these issues. I come from an Italian-American Catholic family – a little more conservative in their views than I am on some of this. I think they're coming around, but nonetheless – but to go into something like this, again, if somebody is doing something wrong right now, a doctor, they go to jail. So this bill in effect really has no effect except it's a showboat,” she added.