At a press conference today, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to comment on accusations that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, may have been engaged in a pay-for-play scheme with foreign oligarchs in Ukraine and China.
Pelosi cut off Washington Examiner’s Kerry Picket who was attempting to ask her about the alligations, saying, “I’m not answering those questions.” Picket was the only reporter to raise the matter at the speaker’s weekly press conference.
Pelosi, who does not typically limit subject matter at her press conferences, said questions today were limited to negotiations to secure a bipartisan deal on a new round of coronavirus aid.
“We’re talking about the coronavirus. I don’t have all day for questions. That’s what we are taking now,” Pelosi said, before moving on, “Anyone have a question about Coronavirus negotions?”
Republican Congressional Nominee Bob Good (Va) tweeted out about the story and said that “‘Pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it’ isn’t good enough when we’re talking about pay-to-play foreign policy.”
In 2010, when talking about the Affordable Care Act, Pelosi said that “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”
A Snopes fact check makes sure to let readers know that simply using that line doesn’t provide full context to her statement.
Snopes claimed that although the point was not made clearly or explicitly, the sense of Pelosi’s remarks was that the benefits (in her view) of the bill — rather than the contents of the bill — would only be fully revealed to the public after the legislation was passed and implemented.
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