Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Asserted that Trump's actions made Richard Nixon's crime of bribery – as the political war on Capitol Hill escalated with the initiation of hearings on impeachment.
In consecutive press conferences, Pelosi and McCarthy provided starkly contrasting accounts of the first public hearing in the impeachment investigation claiming that their respective parties had fought for the protection of the US Constitution.
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and praises Schiff, D-Calif., For his "dignity and statesmanship". "It's not about politics or anything political, it's about patriotism, it's about honor our oath of office and the preservation of the Constitution.
She added, "This is something we do with a heavy heart. This is very prayerful, because impeachment is a divisive matter in our country. "
Pelosi accused the president of" bribery "and cited the public hearing on Wednesday with a so-called" devastating "testimony of the State Department official, George Kent and top American diplomat in Ukraine Bill Taylor.
1; and that is enshrined in the constitution and attached to the impeachment procedure," said Pelosi. "The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation of the election – that's bribery."
Asked if bribery was forfeited, Pelosi replied: "I have not even made a decision to bring charges. That's what the investigation is about. "
" I say, [what] the President has admitted that 'perfect' is bribery, "said Pelosi.
Minutes later, McCarthy, R-Calif. He took the podium on the other side of the house, claiming that they were Republicans "campaigning" for the constitution.
"Are you doing this for political purposes or are you supporting the Constitution?" McCarthy said. "They came to Congress to sue the President."
McCarthy went on to blow up a ship, claiming he "continued to lied to the American public."
McCarthy described several cases in which he believed ship lied – even during The Investigation of the Russian Congress and when he "deliberately" parodyed the transcript of Trump's now infamous July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian last month President Volodymyr Zelensky, who is at the center of the impeachment investigation.
The call prompted a complaint to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, in return for the impeachment investigation in the House of Representatives.
On request, Trump urged Zelensky to initiate an investigation into the interference of the Ukrainian elections in the 2016 presidential race and former Vice President President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden are acting in Ukraine.
The President's motion came after millions of US military aid to Ukraine had been provided by a frozen Democrats and Witnesses in return.
However, Zelensky said he did not feel any pressure during the call. The White House has not maintained misconduct, and the President has repeatedly claimed that the solicitation is "perfect," arguing that it contains "no compensation."
McCarthy also said ship "lied again" when he claimed in public when he heard Wednesday that he "did not know who the whistleblower is".
"His staff met with the whistleblower. He can claim that he did not do that. They met with the whistleblower before the whistleblower had a lawyer and before the whistleblower went to the Inspector General, "McCarthy said. "When he left, you know the whistleblower did not say he met with Schiff's staff."
Fox News reported last month that the whistleblower has not disclosed contact with Schiff's employees to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Committee (ICIG). 19659006] Schiff's office acknowledged that the whistleblower had approached them before filing a complaint in mid-August, warning the Democrats of the allegations that led them to impeachment days later.
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During his attack on the ship, McCarthy said he did not believe that ship was able to lead the Intelligence Committee.
And yes, I believe Ship has spent all his time in Congress since the President was present to sue him, "said McCarthy. "He already wrote the script and tried to fill it in – he auditioned witnesses in the basement."
Former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovich, is in the public phase of the impeachment investigation A series of further hearings with current and former top officials is scheduled for next week.