Democrats have to "stay focused on our purpose" — and the party's legislative agenda on healthcare, wages, and "cleaner government," House speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is reportedly urging her caucus.
According to The Hill, which cited an unnamed source who was in attendance at a closed-door caucus meeting Tuesday, Pelosi said Democratic lawmakers have to prioritize and move forward "strategically" in the wake of the Monday release of Robert Mueller's report, which found no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and did not make a finding of obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.
"This is really important today. Because we must, with all that is going on stay focused on our purpose," Pelosi said, adding: "And thank you to the caucus for staying focused in that way."
"Be calm. Take a deep breath. Don't become like them," Pelosi advised, referring to Republicans, The Hill reported. "We have to handle this professionally, officially, patriotically, strategically."
"Let's just get the goods," she added.
The Speaker also noted the Mueller probe had resulted in a number of indictments.
"Some people are viewing it as a glass half full, glass half empty. I think half-full," she said, The Hill reported. "There's so many indictments that came out of what he did. People will go to jail from what his investigation is about."
According to The Hill, Pelosi reiterated her push for a release of the full Mueller report, arguing the summary released Monday from a political appointee, Attorney General William Barr, should not be the final word.
"We have to see the report," she said, The Hill reported. "We cannot make a judgment on the basis of an interpretation by a man who was hired for his job because he believes the president is above the law and he wrote a 19-page memo to demonstrate that."
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