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Nancy Pelosi Says Trump Should Respect Others, Honor Facts

Congresswoman calls for independent investigation into president's ties to Russia

U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump should channel more of his White House predecessors by respecting other people's points of view and adhering to facts.

The San Francisco Democrat said Tuesday that she hasn't "seen evidence that he respects the evidence."

"If you’re not going to stipulate to a set of facts, it’s going to make it hard for us," she said. "Hopefully, he’ll understand that data, facts matter."

In an address at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Pelosi also called for an independent investigation, apart from Congress and the Justice Department, into the president's ties to Russia. She said there is one thing the president could do to clear up the questions about Russia and his administration.

"What do the Russians have on Donald Trump personally, politically, financially?" she asked. "Let's see your tax returns so we can see if there’s any connection there."

Pelosi said she was able to work with Republican presidents George H. W. Bush and his son George W. Bush because they sought common ground.

The House minority leader is marking three decades in Congress, including a four-year term as the first woman speaker of the House.

NBC Bay Area's Mark Matthews contributed to this report.

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