Pelosi Urges Investigation into Alleged Russian Links to Certain Pro-Palestinian Demonstrations in the U.S.

During a weekend interview, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called for federal authorities to investigate the funding received by radical pro-Palestinian groups in the U.S., suggesting potential connections to the Russian government. Pelosi’s comments, made on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Dana Bash, coincide with heightened concerns following a terrorist attack by Hamas on October 7, resulting in the death of 1,200 Israelis and increased regional turmoil.

The context includes Russia’s non-hostile stance towards the Iranian-backed Hamas, attributed in part to Russia’s growing closeness with Iran, supplying military drones for its conflict in Ukraine.

“For [the pro-Palestinian protesters] to call for a cease-fire is Mr. Putin’s message, Mr. Putin’s message,” Pelosi told CNN. “Make no mistake, this is directly connected to what he would like to see. Same thing with Ukraine. It’s about Putin’s message.”

“I think some of these protesters are spontaneous and organic and sincere,” she said. “Some, I think, are connected to Russia. And I say that having looked at this for a long time now, as you know.”

When inquired about the possibility of the protesters being Russian “plants,” Pelosi clarified, stating, “I don’t consider them plants. However, I believe the financing should be scrutinized, and I urge the FBI to conduct an investigation.” A spokesperson for Pelosi emphasized her consistent support for the right of all Americans to express their views through peaceful protest.