Pelosi: ‘What do the Russians have on Donald Trump?’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wondered Monday if the Russians are holding something over President Trump’s head in order to get him to cater to their needs.

“There’s something wrong with this picture,” Pelosi said at a special CNN town hall with host Chris Cuomo. “And every day I ask the question, ‘What do the Russians have on Donald Trump financially, politically or personally that he’s always catering to them?’ “

Pelosi was discussing Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey last week, in the midst of an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

The Washington Post broke news Monday evening that Trump shared highly classified intelligence about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with top Russian diplomats in a meeting last week. Trump did not receive permission from the source, a U.S. partner, to disclose the information with the Kremlin officials.

{mosads}While it is within the president’s rights to declassify information as he sees fit, many say he could have burned a source with rare insight and access into ISIS’s inner workings.

“This is sloppy and he can correct it, but we have to know more about it. He can’t do it again,” Pelosi added about Trump’s reported disclosure. 

Pelosi also questioned the president’s competency, suggesting he is unprepared for his role. 

“It goes to the preparedness or the lack thereof of President Donald Trump to be president.”

The California lawmaker touted her 20 years as a member of the House Intelligence and Ethics committees, saying Congress must follow the facts and the law as it digs into Trump’s reported disclosure. 

“Only about the facts, the rules, and the law, and so we have to see what the facts are in this situation. And how far did he go, and what this is about,” she said.

Pelosi also said this is a “very damaging” report. 

“In some ways I’m sorry that this is all so public because it’s very, very, very damaging. … But the fact is it is public and the president has to answer for this. We expect to have some briefings in the Congress about this,” the Democratic lawmaker said.

She also expressed hope that Trump would allow “the investigation of the Russian connection continue.”

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