Nancy Pelosi to Trump: 'Grow Up' and Stop 'Doubling Down' on Lies (VIDEO)

Nancy Pelosi to Trump: ‘Grow Up’ and Stop ‘Doubling Down’ on Lies (VIDEO)

Pelosi Blasts Trump

House Minority Leader, Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi spoke to CBS’s John Dickerson on Face the Nation, Sunday. Pelosi spoke ahead of House Intelligence Committee hearings on the FBI’s and Justice Department’s investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. On Monday, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the FBI is investigating whether there was collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign to undermine the election.

Dickerson began the interview by asking Pelosi,

“Leader Pelosi, on Monday, the FBI Director is coming to testify. What would you ask him?”

Pelosi replied by saying that she hoped the Committee “would ask” for “clarity,” and that she hoped that the FBI Director would make it clear that Trump’s accusation that President Barack Obama had wiretapped his phones before the election was “not true.”

“I think it’s really important, because that’s a terrible accusation to make. And what are they doing but doubling down on it now, quoting sources saying that the president worked with the British intelligence to also spy on the president. Of course, it’s not true. And he said the president is ‘bad’ and ‘sick.’ President Obama. Let’s just grow up. The Justice Department, the FBI, has to really clear this, because otherwise this Administration has decided that they with impunity can say anything. And it’s really damaging.”

Dickerson asked Pelosi,

“Have you seen anything to suggest that there is any connection between anybody who worked in the Trump campaign and the Russians trying to meddle in the election, as you look at this?”

Pelosi replied,

“I think there is a need for us to have an outside investigation, an independent commission, to see what it is the Russians have on President Trump, politically, personally, and financially. I think it’s really important to do that. Every day we see in the public domain, other connections. You see now with Flynn receiving, what, 60-some thousand dollars in payment from the Russian government or Russian entities. Did the president know about that when he appointed him to be his National Security Adviser?”

Dickerson asked whether Pelosi had faith in Comey to do the investigation impartially, since she had previously charged Comey with having a double standard before the campaign. Pelosi defended her statement that Comey had a double standard, noting that there was a serious investigation of Trump months before the election, but that Comey had decided not to go public with it so close to an election, yet, even closer to the election, he went public with an investigation about Clinton that could have been nothing. She said, “there’s a mixed record” when it comes to Comey’s conduct, but noted that he had been “courageous” as deputy Attorney General under George W. Bush, regarding the legalities of mass surveillance, and she was “hopeful” that Comey can move forward “in a very positive way.”

Dickerson asked Pelosi what she thought about Republican Congressman Tom Cole of Oklahoma called on Trump to apologize to President Obama. She said,

“Good for him for saying that. You know what, it’s not just about this allegation… It’s about the frivolity of it all. I call him the ‘Deflector-in-Chief.’ He’ll come up with anything to change the subject from something that’s not going well for him.”

Pelosi went on to say that Trump’s deflections are “beneath the dignity” and “beneath the responsibility of the President of the United States.”

Watch the full interview here:

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