08 September 2016

Pelosi Wants Republicans To Sweep Their Dirty Secrets

Nancy Pelosi
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was reported to have pleaded to Speaker Paul Ryan to keep Republican candidates from using hacked Democratic documents in this year's election campaigns. This is the latest political twist in a summer of revelations of digital break-ins, which Pelosi attributes to Russia.

"Russia's cyber attack is an unprecedented assault on the sanctity of our democratic process," Pelosi, D-Calif., wrote in a letter to the Wisconsin Republican. "We must come together to say that defending our democracy from Russia's meddling is more important than any advantage or disadvantage in this election."

It is clear that Pelosi wants to accuse the Republican Party of being linked to what they say are the Russian hacks (not yet proven, only assumed because it "looks like it might be") but then they want the Republicans to "sweep under the rug" what was found out to be the truth?

Can't have it one way and ask for another. If they are going to use a "Russian" link against the Republicans, then the GOP can use what was found against the Democrats.

A GOP aide said Ryan cannot control campaign ads by Republican committees that by law are barred from consulting with the party's candidates.

Pelosi's letter came as Congress returned from summer recess just two months from an Election Day in which Democrats hope to gain sizable numbers of House seats, as well as capture the Senate and retain the White House.

Democrats have been happy to link Russia to Donald Trump's GOP presidential candidacy, highlighting his July plea that Russia help find Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's missing emails and work former campaign manager Paul Manafort did for a pro-Russian party in Ukraine. Trump later said his call that Russia find Clinton's emails was sarcastic.

Federal officials have been investigating electronic break-ins into Democratic Party computers by people that private cybersecurity analysts have blamed on Russian intelligence agencies. That's included a breach of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, House Democrats' campaign arm.

Embarrassing internal Democratic documents have been posted online. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida relinquished her post as Democratic Party chief in July after the documents showed the organization tilting toward Clinton in her campaign against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for the presidential nomination.