Pelosi rips Intel panel: House GOP 'abandoned their oath' to protect Americans

Pelosi rips Intel panel: House GOP 'abandoned their oath' to protect Americans
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House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiMadeleine Albright slams Trump over immigration Pelosi: GOP is 'complicit' in separating families Conservative groups outline new ObamaCare repeal plan MORE (D-Calif.) ripped Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee for deciding to end their probe into Russia's election interference, saying the move is “part of a disturbing pattern by the House GOP to obstruct and interfere with investigations into the Trump-Russia scandal.” 

Pelosi went after both GOP committee members and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump vows to stand with House GOP '1,000 percent' on immigration Heckler yells ‘Mr. President, f--- you’ as Trump arrives at Capitol Hoyer: GOP centrists 'sold out' Dreamers MORE (R-Wis.) in a statement, accusing Ryan of allowing the committee “to make a mockery not only of the investigation but the Committee itself.”

She said that the panel has a duty to fully investigate any questions about election interference and provide the “American people a comprehensive and fair investigation into Russia’s attacks.”

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“Over the past year, I have repeatedly expressed concerns to Speaker Ryan about House Intelligence Committee Republicans’ lack of leadership and integrity. The Speaker has refused to insist that the Committee follow the facts,” Pelosi said.

“House Republicans have abandoned their oath to support and defend the Constitution and protect the American people,” she continued. “Democrats will continue to take real, immediate action to secure our democracy.”

In a statement emailed to The Hill, Ryan's office said Republicans are turning their focus to protecting the integrity of November's midterms.

“After more than a year investigating Russia’s actions in the 2016 election, we are well into the primary season for the 2018 elections and experts are warning that we need to safe guard against further interference," a spokeswoman for Ryan said. "That’s what this next phase is about and we hope Democrats will join us in seeing this through.”

Rep. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayHillicon Valley: Deal reached on ZTE, but lawmakers look to block it | New encryption bill | Dems push Ryan for net neutrality vote | Google vows it won't use AI for weapons Lawmakers scrutinize Google, Twitter's relationship with Chinese phone makers Farmland is being consumed by expanding urban areas MORE (R-Texas) announced earlier Monday that the committee would be ending the probe into Russia's election interference, and would release a report finding that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffWhite House faces growing outcry over migrant family policies Schiff: ‘Deeply disturbing’ that FBI gave Nunes confidential info on Clinton's emails Schiff: White House using migrant kids’ grief and tears to build border wall MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the committee, torched the decision, accusing Republicans of having “placed the interests of protecting the President over protecting the country, and history will judge its actions harshly.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpConservatives express concern over House GOP immigration bill Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary Trump defends Nielsen amid criticism over family separations MORE, who has long denied collusion between his campaign and Russia, took to Twitter to celebrate the panel’s findings.