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Nancy Pelosi Calls James Rosen "Mr. Republican Talking Points" For Asking About Whistleblower

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Thursday morning at the weekly Democratic leadership press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed a question from Sinclair reporter James Rosen about the legal rights of the whistleblower in the political process of impeachment, saying: "When you talk about the whistleblower, you're coming into my wheelhouse."

"Impeachment is a political process and not a legal one. And yet, as we can all observe many things surrounding the legal process are inherent in this political process. We have counsels, depositions, subpoenas, threats of perjury and so forth," Rosen's question began. "And so, I wonder if you can explain to the American people why the legal rights of a whistleblower should prevail in this political setting over those of President Trump who should normally enjoy a right to confront his accuser?"





"II will say to you Mr. Republican talking points, what I said to the president of the United States--when you talk about the whistleblower you are coming into my wheelhouse," Pelosi said. "I have more experience in intelligence than anybody in the Congress, anybody who has ever served. 25 years on the committee as a top Democrat."

"I was there when we wrote the whistleblower rules," she said. "The whistleblower is there to speak truth to power and have protection for doing that and any retribution or retribution or harm coming to the whistleblower undermines our ability to hear truth about power. So, I will defend the rights of the whistleblower vehemently, vehemently."

JAMES ROSEN, SINCLAIR, QUESTION: Thank you, Madame Speaker. We hear it said routinely and of course, it's true, that impeachment is a political process and not a legal one. And yet, as we can all observe many things surrounding the legal process are inherent in this political process. We have counsels, depositions, subpoenas, threats of perjury and so forth. This was made slightly clear yesterday by Chairman Schiff, he reminded the minority that he would do everything necessary to ensure the legal rights of the whistleblower to preserve anonymity.

HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI: Right.

QUESTION: And so, I wonder if you can explain to the American people why the legal rights of a whistleblower should prevail in this political setting over those of President Trump who should normally enjoy a right to confront his accuser?

PELOSI: Well, let me just say this--I will say to you Mr. Republican talking points, what I said to the president of the United States--when you talk about the whistleblower you are coming into my wheelhouse. I have more experience in intelligence than anybody in the Congress, anybody who has ever served. 25 years on the committee as a top democrat, ex officio, as leader and speaker. I was there when we wrote the whistleblower rules.

The whistleblower is there to speak truth to power and have protection for doing that and any retribution or retribution or harm coming to the whistleblower undermines our ability to hear truth about power. So, I will defend the rights of the whistleblower vehemently, vehemently.

QUESTION: But why should the prevail over the president's legal rights?

PELOSI: Well, the president can come and--if he has a case to make does he want to come speak? Does he want to consent in writing or speak to the Committee about his what might be a--a exculpatory for him? He has that right to do. But nobody, nobody--president--president is not above the law. President will be held accountable and nobody should have the right to endanger whistleblowers. And that is a system that I will defend and the American people, American people understand that. Yes?

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