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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 PelosiPelosi heckled by Miami Republicans, Proud Boys at campaign event Pelosi, Schumer: Trump 'desperate' to put focus on immigration, not health care Trump urges Dems to help craft new immigration laws: ‘Chuck & Nancy, call me!' 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 RyanPelosi, Schumer: Trump 'desperate' to put focus on immigration, not health care Trump urges Dems to help craft new immigration laws: ‘Chuck & Nancy, call me!' Sanders, Harris set to criss-cross Iowa 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 ConawayLawmakers fail to pass annual intel bill after key Dem objects House Intel votes to release Russia transcripts Russia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems 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 SchiffTrump calls Saudi explanation for journalist's death credible, arrests 'good first step' Schiff: If Khashoggi was fighting in consulate he was fighting 'for his life' Maxine Waters gets company in new GOP line of attack 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 TrumpDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Trump believes Kushner relationship with Saudi crown prince a liability: report Christine Blasey Ford to be honored by Palo Alto City Council MORE, who has long denied collusion between his campaign and Russia, took to Twitter to celebrate the panel’s findings.