Pelosi says Trump abused power in interactions with ex-FBI chief

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"What I have advised him to do - go to sleep", she said.

"The first thing he says - to open the meeting - 'you know I won the popular vote, '" Pelosi said. "More sleep might be a solution for him", added the 77-year-old House minority leader.

"First, he tries to charm you", Pelosi said of Trump.

Ms Pelosi also criticised House Speaker Paul Ryan for appearing to excuse the President's behaviour because he is "new" to government and may not know the relationships between the various branches.

During an interview with Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski during Friday's "Morning Joe", Pelosi echoed the host's concerns by saying that the president should "go to sleep". "I wish he were president now".

The president in late November took to his preferred method of publishing and tweeted, "In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally".

"One of the biggest divisions of the Congress of the United States is trickle-down economics verses middle class and income", said Pelosi.

"Bring yourself to a place where there's synapses [that] are working".

Pelosi said White House officials should rein in Trump's impulsive twitter finger, but expressed doubt that anyone on Trump's team has the "courage" to do so.

She continued, "I am very anxious about his [Trump's] fitness, but that's something he and the people in the White House have to make a judgment about".

"We are not in disagreement with that", said Pelosi in response to Scarborough's assessment that Trump was "not in a good place".

Pelosi amplified the Democrats' long held request that GOP leaders create an outside, independent panel -- akin to the 9/11 commission -- to step in with its own investigation of Russia's election meddling.

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