It wasn't immediately clear if the president was serious in his call for an investigation of his rivals.At the moment, it is his administration's own contacts with Russia, and Russia's alleged election hacking, that is the subject of investigations by the FBI and the House and Senate intelligence committees.Within hours, a photo surfaced showing Pelosi seated around the same table as the peripatetic ambassador.It was during a 2010 meeting in the Capitol, where the ambassador accompanied then-president Dmitri Medvedev, who was considered a modernizer in between President Vladimir Putin's two stints in power."There are very strong emotions throughout this House today," Ryan said."We are all horrified by this dreadful attack on our friends and on our colleagues and those who serve and protect this capital.
While she had predicted that Democrats would achieve a net gain of about 25 seats on election day, the number is likely to settle at just six (a small number of districts where the results were very close are still counting and verifying votes). At the weekend, Mr Ryan cautioned against those assuming that Ms Pelosi will easily seem him off.
'I hereby demand a second investigation, after Schumer, of Pelosi for her close ties to Russia, and lying about it,' Trump tweeted Friday afternoon.
Earlier, Trump went after Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer after a photo surfaced of Schumer and Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2003.
She is also a formidable fund-raiser and money, in the end, matters to anyone who must face re-election every two years.
Among those publicly to have endorsed Ms Pelosi over Mr Ryan has been President Barack Obama who last week lauded her as “a remarkable leader” of “extraordinary political skill”.