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Pelosi threatens to force vote on independent probe into Russian collusion

U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Democrats would force a vote on an independent probe into Russian meddling in the U.S. election if Republicans didn't bring it to a vote themselves. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) threatened to use a parliamentary procedure to vote for an independent investigation into the allegations of Russian election meddling Wednesday.

Pelosi posted a statement on her social media account decrying Trump's "brazen firing" of FBI Director James Comey that she says "raises the ghosts of some of the worst Executive Branch abuses."

“The President’s sudden and brazen firing of the FBI Director raises the ghosts of some of the worst Executive Branch abuses," the statement read. "We cannot stand by and watch a coverup of the possible collusion with a hostile foreign power to undermine American democracy."

“The interests of justice demand Congress act immediately to create an independent, bipartisan commission to pursue the Trump-Russia investigation free from the Administration’s attempts to silence it," the statement concluded.

Pelosi sent a letter to members of Congress demanding that if Republicans don't bring the matter up for vote that Democrats will force the issue.

“Speaker [Paul] Ryan [R-Wisc.] must call up this legislation immediately upon our return next week. If Republicans continue to work to hide the truth from the American people, it will be necessary for Democrats to file a discharge petition to force a vote on the [legislation].”

Some Republicans have joined the chorus of voices questioning the motivation behind the firing of Comey during the investigation into alleged Russian meddling.

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