Nancy Pelosi has resorted to begging for mercy in the wake of the DNC hacked email scandal.
But, what she offers as a reason is almost as dumb, and wildly ironic, as her “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it” line.
The House minority leader sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan in which she asked him to refrain from using the hacked materials, that show rampant corruption in the Democrat Party, against opponents in the 2016 election because “defending our democracy is more important than any advantage or disadvantage in this election,” the New York Times reported.
“Democrats and Republicans must present a united front in the face of Russia’s attempts to tamper with the will of the American people,” she wrote, as if she wouldn’t be among the first to use the information if the roles were reversed.
Russia’s cyber attack is an unprecedented assault on the sanctity of our democratic process. 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 my hope that you will join me in opposing the NRCC or the DCCC from using any documents from Russian criminal cyber attacks in this campaign.
Speaker Ryan’s aides referred Pelosi to the National Republican Congressional Committee who responded in a statement.
“The NRCC’s chairman, Greg Walden, nor the speaker have control over what our independent expenditure unit does, which the DCCC chairman, Ben Ray Lujan, as well as Leader Pelosi are well aware of,” it read.
Hillary Clinton and fellow Democrats have been desperate to link the hacks to the Russian government.
Russian President Vladimir Putin flatly denied the charge in an interview with Bloomberg News last week when he pointed out what was really important.
“Listen, does it even matter who hacked this data?” he said. “The important thing is the content that was given to the public.”