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Pelosi: Giving Intel To Russians Showed Trump Isn’t ‘Fit to Be President’

The top-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, reacting to President Trump’s decision to give sensitive intelligence information to Russian government officials, questioned the president’s ability to serve as commander-in-chief effectively.

“Is he fit to be president of the United States when he would do such a thing?” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi asked during a speech at a Center for American Progress conference in Washington, D.C., according to The Hill. She continued: “What the president did was totally outrageous. If it was unwitting, it would be pathetic and dangerous. But if it was intentional, I don’t even know what is worse.”

The Washington Post broke the story on Monday that Trump - while meeting with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador in the Oval Office earlier in the day - handed over “highly classified” documents to the officials. The White House initially denied the allegation, but Trump tweeted Tuesday morning: “As president I wanted to share with Russia, which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining … to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism.”

Pelosi responded: “That is not in our national security interests.” The California lawmaker accused Trump of putting Russian leader Vladimir Putin “on a pedestal.” She called on the president to release his tax returns to expose possible conflicts of interest involving his business empire and foreign governments. “What do the Russians have on him politically, personally?” Pelosi asked.

The Hill noted that the minority leader and other Democrats are demanding a special prosecutor or independent commission to investigate Russia’s interference in last year’s U.S. election and the Trump campaign’s possible collusion. The FBI and a pair of congressional committees are already looking into the scandal.

Pelosi argued that if there is another investigation, neither Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein nor any other Trump appointee should be in charge. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has already recused himself from Justice Department activity concerning Russia because he was part of the Trump campaign last year.

Source: The Hill
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