WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Said Thursday that testimony presented by two US diplomats at the first House impeachment hearing a day earlier showed evidence of bribery made by President Donald Trump.
"" The devastating testimony confirmed by evidence of bribery was not discovered in the inquiry and that the president's abuse violated his oath by threatening to impede military aid and a White House meeting in exchange for an investigation into a political rival, "Pelosi told reporters.
Pelosi's comments are at the heart of a Democratic move in the language used to describe Trump's actions regarding Ukraine at the heart of the current inquiry Impeachment lawmakers have called the president's actions a "quid pro quo," but have recently appeared to shift a focus to broader terms that Democrats believe fall deeper into voters.  Asked to elaborate on his statement on bribery, Pelosi said, "Well, you know we speak Latin around d this – e pluribus unum, from anyone, quid pro quo, bribery, and that is in the Constitution, attached to the impeachment proceeding. "
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"The bribe is to provide or withhold military assistance in exchange for a public statement of a fake election investigation – that's bribery," he said.
Pelosi continued. to insist that the Democrats still have not decided about whether to pursue impeachment articles against the president.
The speaker also claimed that what Trump did in the Ukraine case was "doing [s] what Nixon had done so little," referring to Watergate-related charges that led to the impeachment of the 37th that president.
Under section 4, Article II of the Constitution, "The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office upon impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and ignorance. "
In his testimony Wednesday, acting Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor testified that a White House meeting between Trump and U krainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and the release of aid The US in Ukraine has been conditioned on Ukraine announcing investigations with former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, as well as the 2016 presidential election.
George Kent, a senior State Department official, also testified about the investigations and efforts of Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, to defame former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, and pressure on Ukraine to launch the provisions. Trump has called for a formal testimony.
"No one should have the right to endanger whistleblowers, and that is a right that I defend," he said. "Any payment or damage that comes to the whistleblower undermines our ability to have the truth about power."