WASHINGTON – Cabinet Chairman Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said Thursday that testimony presented by two U.S. diplomats during the House's first impeachment hearing earlier today provided evidence of a bribery committed by the president Donald Trump.
"Devastating testimony corroborates evidence of bribery uncovered in the investigation and that the president abuses his authority and violates his oath by threatening to refuse military assistance and a White House meeting in exchange for investigating a political rival," Pelosi told reporters.
When asked to further elaborate on her bribe statement, Pelosi said, "Well, you know we're talking Latin here ̵
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" The bribe is to grant or refuse military assistance in exchange for a public statement for
Pelosi continued to argue that Democrats have not yet decided whether to prosecute members of impeachment against the president.
The speaker also stated that what Trump did in the case of Ukraine, "doing [s] what Nixon saw referring to the Watergate allegations that led to the impeachment of the 37th president.
According to Section 4, Article II of the Constitution, "the President, Vice President, and all United States civilians are expelled from impeachment for and condemnation of treason, bribery or other high crimes and crimes. "
Pelosi's comments come amid democratic change in the language used to describe Trump's actions against Ukraine, which is at the root of inf Cause investigation for impeachment. Lawmakers have called the president's move "quid pro quo," but have recently shifted to more common use of terms that Democrats think can resonate more with voters.
In his testimony Wednesday, Acting Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor testifies that the White House meeting between Trump and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and the release of US aid to Ukraine are contingent on Ukraine investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as the 2016 presidential election.
George Kent, a senior State Department official, also testifies to these investigations and the efforts of Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, to obscure the former ambassador Nick US Ukraine Mari Jovanovic and put pressure on Ukraine to begin these studies.
Pelosi was also asked Thursday for the whistle that Hill Republicans and Trump called for official testimony.
"No one has the right to threaten whistleblowers, and this is a right that I will defend," she said. "Any retaliation or harm that comes from the whistle blows our ability to have truth about power. "