Nancy Pelosi: President Trump Engaged in ‘Bribery’
House Speaker breaks silence on impeachment hearings
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke her silence following yesterday's impeachment hearing stating that President Donald Trump attempted to bribe Ukrainian government officials into probing a political rival.
The Californian Democrat who launched the impeachment inquiry against the president almost two months ago said:
“The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the election."
“That’s bribery," she concluded.
But Pelosi said the Democrats are still yet to decide on whether to impeach Trump.
She added that the first public hearing held on Wednesday showed “a narrative about the president threatening to grant or withhold military assistance to Ukraine, which is in our national interest to do so because they were fighting Russians.”
State Department official George Kent and U.S. diplomat Bill Taylor both gave their testimonies in the open on Wednesday.
They were interviewed for several hours on their 'knowledge' of Trump's conduct with Ukraine's president.
Pelosi called Taylor and Kent's testimonies “courageous public servants … who spoke in unambiguous terms."
But a CNN analyst admitted House Democrats had a "problem" following the first hearing due to the fact that the witnesses had never met the president.
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Pelosi said the hearing showed “a clear attempt by the president to give himself the advantage in the 2020 election and in doing so, jeopardize our national security and jeopardize the integrity of our election system and violating the oath of office.”
Democrats have since abandoned using “quid pro quo,” which lawmakers had been using to call their accusations against Trump.
Trump denied any “quid pro quo” and points the July 25 rough transcript of his phone call with Ukraine’s president, which does not mention security aid.
Trump has called the call “perfect."
But Pelosi disagreed.
“What I am saying is what the president has admitted to, that he said is perfect, I say is perfectly wrong,” Pelosi told reporters.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff also said on Wednesday he believed Trump's possible impeachable offenses include 'bribery, high crimes, and misdemeanors.'
Schiff claimed he could already see clear arguments that the president committed 'high crimes.'