House Speaker Pelosi says impeachment testimony reveals 'evidence of bribery'
The speaker said what Trump did with Ukraine makes Nixon's Watergate conduct look 'almost small' by comparison.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Thursday that the testimony presented by two career U.S. diplomats at the first House impeachment hearing a day earlier had presented evidence of bribery committed by President Donald Trump.
"The devastating testimony corroborated evidence of bribery uncovered in the inquiry and that the president abused power and violated his oath by threatening to withhold military aid and a White House meeting in exchange for an investigation into a political rival," Pelosi told reporters.
Pelosi’s comments come amid a Democratic shift in the language used to describe Trump's actions with regard to Ukraine that lie at the heart of the current impeachment inquiry. Lawmakers had called the president's moves a "quid pro quo," but have recently appeared to shift to a focus on more widely used terms that Democrats believe may resonate more deeply with voters.
Asked to further elaborate on her statement regarding bribery, Pelosi said, "Well, you know we’re talking Latin around here — e pluribus unum, from anyone, quid pro quo, bribery, and that is in the Constitution, attached to the impeachment proceeding."
"The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the elections — that's bribery," she said.
Pelosi continued to assert that Democrats still have not made a decision about whether to pursue articles of impeachment against the president.
The speaker also said that what Trump had done in the Ukraine case "make[s] what Nixon did look almost small," referring to the Watergate-related charges that led to the 37th president's impeachment.
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