Pelosi Accuses Mitch McConnell of Being an 'Accomplice' to Russian Meddling
House Speaker pedals 'Russia' narrative during interview
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of being an "accomplice" to Russian interference while insisting President Trump is "in complete denial" about Russia's attempts to meddle in the 2020 election.
The House Speaker made the accusations during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week.
"Bloomberg is reporting, this Friday, the possibility that there is an investigation now on whether or not the Russians are trying to help President Trump and hurt Joe Biden," said Stephanopoulos.
She then asked the House Speaker, "how worried are you about Russian interference in 2020; are we doing all we can to prevent it?"
"No, and the president of the United States is in complete denial about Russia's role," replied Pelosi.
"As I have said, in terms of this president, all roads lead to Putin."
Pelosi then aimed at McConnell, saying he has "resisted sources" that suggest Russian meddling in American elections.
"Sometimes I wonder about Mitch McConnell too," remarked Pelosi.
"What's he — why is he an accomplice to all of that?" the House Speaker asked.
"He has resisted sources going in a manner commensurate with the threat for state agencies, whichever they are in a state, could be the secretary of state or whatever, to protect our infrastructure, our critical infrastructure of elections."
NEW: "No, and the president is in complete denial about Russia's role," Pelosi tells @GStephanopoulos when asked if the U.S. is doing enough to stop 2020 meddling.— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 12, 2020
"Sometimes I wonder about Mitch McConnell, too...why is he an accomplice to all of that?" https://t.co/G6Ef3GUsED pic.twitter.com/Id9VTzmY9f
Judge Pirro Mocks Pelosi: “The public humiliation of Nancy Pelosi is an embarrassment to watch”— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) January 12, 2020
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The House Speaker said earlier in the interview that McConnell was participating in a "cover-up" because signed onto a measure to dismiss Trump's impeachment trial without witness presentations if she didn't send the two impeachment articles to the Senate within 25 days.
Last week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham gave Pelosi an impeachment ultimatum, saying the GOP controlled Senate has plenty of options for the House speaker:
“What I would do, if she continues to refuse to send the articles as required by the Constitution, I would work with Senator McConnell to change the rules of the Senate so we could start the trial without her, if necessary,” Graham said.
Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz slammed Pelosi last month, saying her decision to delay sending the articles of impeachment from the Senate’s gaze was “a sign of weakness” and “an admission of failure.”