Pelose's attempt to cite a concrete constitutional offense and stop using the legal Latin term "quid pro quo" to describe the President's actions came when a second US Embassy official in Kiev became known he overheard Trump on political issues. Investigations "in a July 26 phone conversation with Gordon Sondland, the US Ambassador to the European Union, who established an important link between the White House and the young Ukrainian government.
That Trump-No-One-Call Call Trump is expected to play a pivotal role in impending impeachment proceedings, as Democrats are trying to tie Trump directly to what they consider a bribery program worth doing is to be removed from office. David Holmes, a Ukrainian embassy official who has allegedly overheard Trump discussing "investigations" with Sondland, said Friday in the House's impeachment investigation behind closed doors, William B. Taylor, Jr., the current US ambassador to the United States Ukraine ̵
1; as proof of Trump's guilty crime.
Pelosi said on Thursday that the testimony of Taylor and Deputy Secretary of State George Kent made clear how Trump abused his power. Both senior diplomats said it was inappropriate for Trump and his allies to launch an investigation into former vice-president Joe Biden, a presidential candidate from 2020, and an exposed theory about Ukraine's interference in the 2016 elections.
"The devastating testimony confirmed evidence of the bribery revealed in the investigation and that the President abused the power and violated his oath by threatening to detain military aid and a White House meeting in exchange for an investigation of his political rival Pelosi said at her weekly press conference In response, the White House and congressional republicans have emphasized the lack of first-hand diplomatic knowledge of Trump's actions in Ukraine.
The GOP legislators argued that Kent and Taylor had never spoken directly with Trump – and therefore can not say with confidence that he has tried to convince a US ally to do political favors with all his might.
"Understanding, this is the foundation The Democrats' argument was based on second-hand information that Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Chairman of the House Minority House, presented to reporters on Thursday.
This impeachment fraud is such a bad precedent and so bad for our country! "he wrote on Twitter
On Friday, the hearings on impeachment continue with public and private testimony.
Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, was recalled by Trump earlier this year and is due to appear at a public hearing of the House Intelligence Committee.
Yovanovitch said in an October 11 statement she had been targeted for a smear campaign orchestrating their removal, the Trump personnel involved Re Attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani and Ukrainian officials, according to which, according to a memorandum corruption is suspected.
While Yovanovitch's testimony could help Democrats build a comprehensive case for Trump and Giulian I used conspiracy theories and shadings to advance their personal and political interests in Ukraine. Holmes's personal testimony is likely to be more critical of the key thrust of the impeachment investigation.
In his Wednesday testimony, Taylor cited the embassy employee's proverb After hearing Trump inquire about the "investigation" on a phone call with Sondland, he heard Sondland tell the president "that the Ukrainians are ready to move forward" , The adjutant also said that Sondland later called Trump more interested in the "investigation" of Biden that urged Giuliani, "Taylor said as a politician from Ukraine. Taylor did not name the employee, but some people familiar with the situation have confirmed that it is Holmes.
Suriya Jayanti, an official from the US Embassy's Foreign Ministry in Kiev, also heard the call Taylor had described. According to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on Thursday under the condition of anonymity to discuss a matter related to the impeachment process. It is not clear if Democrats will seek Jayanti's testimony.
The 26 July call came one day after Trump, in a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, called for investigations into Biden and an exposed conspiracy theory about interference in the Ukrainian elections.
Despite weeks of incriminating revelations, the Republicans have had a hard time advocating a consistent defense of Trump. On Thursday they tried to undermine the testimony by dismissing it as "hearsay".
Rep. Douglas A. Collins (R-Ga.), Who is not a member of the House Intelligence Committee, went to Twitter during the hearing to get more information. He published a scene from the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" in 1986, in which a character explains the absence of the protagonist from class: "The friend of my friend's brother, the friend of my best friend's sister, has heard of this guy who knows this kid going with the girl Ferris saw passing by 31 flavors last night.
"A look at Ambassador Taylor's statement in the ship's impeachment trial," Collins wrote.
However, the strategy could be risky. Witnesses who know first-hand some of the President's actions will testify next week, including Sondland, and others are currently being blocked by the White House.
But unlike these other OMB officials, Sandy is an employee, not appointed by the president. He has worked for more than a decade under the presidents of both parties in the agency and is now Deputy Deputy Director of National Security Programs.
Sandy Gained Insight into Trumps White's Trial During the summer, House provided $ 400 million in military and security aid to Ukraine. So far, none of Trump's defenders has provided a clear explanation why the aid was frozen, and only after a whistleblower submitted a Congress flagged report.
In a message to Trump and in response to the GOP criticism, Pelosi said, "If the President has something to relieve – Mr. President, that means you have something that shows your innocence – then he should make that known. "
Pelosis's embrace of the term bribery – one of only two offenses that the Constitution expressly calls incontestable, comes after almost two months of debate over whether Trump's behavior amounted to a "consideration" – a Latin term that describes the exchange of valuables.
Bribery, Pelosi suggested. It was a translation of something in return that would be more accessible to the Americans: "This is Latin: E pluribus unum – by many, one. Consideration for bribery. And that is in the constitution, which is attached to the impeachment procedure. "
Article II of the Constitution states that the President and other civil servants" should be removed from office for impeachment and conviction for high treason, bribery or bribery other serious crimes and offenses.
Several Democrats have stopped using the term "reward" and instead describe "bribery" as a more direct summary of Trump's alleged behavior.
The post-election shift of the Democratic Congress led focus groups on the country's main battlefields over the last few weeks and tested messages related to impeachment. Among the questions put to the participants was whether "reward," "blackmail," or "bribery" was a more convincing description of Trump's behavior. According to two people who were familiar with the results that circulated among Democrats this week, the focus groups considered "bribery" to be the worst. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the results were not published.
Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), A member of the House's intelligence committee, gave the prelude to withdrawing from the democratic vocabulary during a Sunday performance on NBC's "Meet the Press" using Latin words "to explain Trump's actions.
On Thursday, he told reporters that "bribery" is a useful, if not entirely accurate, way to summarize the allegations.
"Abuse of power is not necessarily a concept that most Americans run around and think about," he said. "In this case, the abuse of power was a combination of bribery and blackmail."
The GOP legislator said the relocation of communications would do little to change the public perception of impeachment efforts.
to see if that works, "said MP Brad Wenstrup (R-Ohio), a member of the House Intelligence Committee. "Consideration" has been canceled. If it was not, they would still say it, right? And now they are trying a different term. "
However, Sondland told lawmakers that he had never talked to Trump about using military aid and a meeting of heads of state with Ukraine in the promise to investigate the bid, a big discrepancy, which he will enlighten next week.
Both parties are trying to sharpen their messages before giving critical testimony next week, including an open hearing on Wednesday with Sondland. The Trump donor and diplomat has previously changed his personal testimony to confirm that he has told Ukrainian officials that they would have to announce political investigations to receive frozen military aid and a meeting with Trump.
Sondland told at least four Trump officials that the president was personally overseeing the entire operation, and his alleged phone call to the president on July 26 could be substantial evidence that Trump's personal interest in intervening against Ukrainian investigations To coordinate Biden and his son Hunter.
Paul Sonne, Erica Werner, John Wagner, Rachael Bade and Josh Dawsey contributed to this report.