House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of “bribery” today, linking Trump’s Ukraine actions to the Constitution’s impeachment clause.
“That is in the Constitution, attached to the impeachment proceedings,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol.
She then proceeded to explain the basis for the charge, that Trump leveraged military aid to Ukraine in order to secure political favors from its leaders.
“The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the elections,” she said. “That’s bribery.“
Interestingly enough, Pelosi refused to say if the bribery charge would become an article of impeachment, saying that Democrats haven’t concluded if Trump had done any impeachable offenses.
“We haven’t even made a decision to impeach,” she said. “That’s what the inquiry is about. And when the committees decide that, then they will decide what the articles are.“
“But I am saying, that what the president has admitted to, and says it’s “perfect,” I said it’s perfectly wrong,” she added. “It’s bribery.“
“What President Trump has done on the record in terms of acting to advantage his foreign power to help him in his own election and the obstruction of information about that, the cover up, makes what Nixon did look almost small,” she noted.
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