Pelosi Struggles to Explain Why 'Bribery' is Missing From Impeachment Articles
House Speaker is cornered during a morning press briefing in the Capitol building
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) struggled to answer questions on why "bribery" was missing from the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump during a morning press briefing in the Capitol building on Thursday.
When Pelosi was asked why they decided not to make bribery one of the articles of impeachment, she replied:
"I myself am not a lawyer; sometimes, I act like one. But not as often as I act as a doctor, I've practiced medicine of the side," Pelosi said, stumbling off track.
"This was a decision recommended by us working together with our committee chair, our attorneys, and the rest."
"The article are what they are; they are very powerful; they're very strong." Pelosi continued.
The impeachment articles are a "continuation on the pattern of behavior on behalf of the president," she added.
"We have put forth our article of impeachment, and I'm very proud of the six committees who ha worked on this for a very long time."
But Pelosi failed to answer the question.
On Friday, The House Judiciary Committee passed two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
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The vote is the fourth of its kind taken by the committee.
It will end the articles to the House floor for a vote that Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated will takes place next week.
Lawmakers voted on the articles following a debate that revealed a divide in Congress over the effort to impeach Trump for soliciting the Ukrainian leader in investigating Vice President Joe Biden.
The two articles accuse Trump of withholding security aid from Ukraine in order to pressure them into investigating corruption allegations against Biden.
"The president committed the highest crime against the Constitution by abusing his office, cheating an election, inviting foreign interference for purely personal gain while jeopardizing our national security and the integrity of our elections,” Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, argued at the hearing.