McCarthy Flips the Script on Pelosi’s Criticism of Trump: She Wasn’t ‘Appalled’ by Russia Probe Origins

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is knocking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) amid her criticism toward President Donald Trump.

Trump said during an ABC News interview that he doesn’t see anything wrong with accepting dirt on political opponents from a foreign government.

“If somebody called from a country, Norway, ‘we have information on your opponent’ – oh, I think I’d want to hear it,” the president said.

“It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it,” he added. “If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI — if I thought there was something wrong.”

Trump’s remarks caused criticism to pour out, particularly from the House speaker, who then suggested that Trump “does not know right from wrong,” as IJR Blue reported.

“It’s a very sad thing,” Pelosi said.

During a press conference on Thursday, McCarthy responded by taking a swipe at Democrats over the Russia probe origins:

“I watched in the last campaign the Democrat presidential campaign spend $6 million to a foreign entity to travel the world to try to find something. When they could not find it, they made false accusations, salacious accusations at that. Drove this country into a special counsel lasting more than 22 months. Using this false information, sending it to the FBI that went and got a FISA court. Then to spy upon Americans and took us through something we should never have to live again.”

The Republican lawmaker noted that he “did not hear the speaker be appalled at that.”

When asked by a reporter if he believes the entire Steele dossier is made up by the Democratic National Committee, McCarthy responded, “Did they pay a foreign entity to go around and create it? I believe they did.”

Additionally, McCarthy called Trump’s foreign dirt remarks “hypothetical.”

“We do not want to have a foreign government interfere in any of our elections,” he added. “We should all stand united on that.”

Watch his full comments below:

Other Republicans have also responded to Trump’s controversial comments, as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said they were a “mistake,” and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) also called the remarks “hypothetical, first of all.”

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Marlene Marty Fowler-helfrick
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Sure I would want to hear it. First of all you would have to verify it as fact and not just a story. Second if it was a criminal matter refer it to proper authorities. If just a minor pecadillo, forget it, it is personal business and not anyone else’s business.

Mer
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Double-think. Actually Trump’s response was perfectly sensible. If someone from a foreign power contacted you and said I have information on your opponent, the responsible thing would be to obtain it, then investigate it to discover its veracity, and if true, report it if it involved criminal activity, or do nothing if it was false, or true but useless.

Bill Schult
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Bill Schult

I think Pelosi and the Dems are living in outer space where they are not getting enough oxygen and are suffering from hypoxia, so their brains are more dimwitted than usual.

Michael
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Wow, the diversity of delusional thinking about this article is impressive.

Gabrielle Haynes
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Gabrielle Haynes

HAS ANYONE CONSIDERED THAT TRUMP “MAYBE” GOING TO FBI IS BECAUSE IT WAS THE DEEP STATE CORRUPT FBI WHO MADE UP THIS WHOLE RUSSIA THING? I would hesitate too going to any entity with that high level of corruption! The dems are reacting because they know the gig is up!

Friend
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Pelosie’s measured response will not rise, what the Democrats learned is that dirty little trick backfired, and now it’s open season on witch hunting and no bag limit, and Nancy a little advice, you need only run faster than Hillary ! …run Nancy RUN !!

Nancy Assaf
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Nancy and her ilk are counting on the ignorance of their base. They foment the hate and vilify Mr. Trump and Republicans just to keep the interest going because they have no real ideology to promote. It’s all power to the State and expansion of the Govt. Even Republicans are in on it. And we, the people, are sick of it.

Dov Woodard
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What we are beginning to see is the Conservatives using the Liberal playbook and they really don’t know how to respond. Additionally, anytime you can make Nancy or Chuck respond and make some sometimes stupid statements is priceless

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