Pelosi says Trump's Ukraine actions amount to `bribery'

Pelosi says Trump's Ukraine actions amount to `bribery'

The Democratic-led impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump moves ahead on Thursday after an opening day of public testimony that linked Trump to a pressure campaign to force Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit him politically.

On Friday, Marie Yovanovitch, the career foreign service officer whom Trump recalled as the US ambassador to Ukraine, will testify.

The Constitution includes "treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors" as impeachable offenses. The outlines of the White House defense are clear after Day One of the impeachment hearings in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

"It's bribery", the top Democrat in the House told a news conference on November 14 about Trump's July 25 phone call in which he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for a favor.

The day's first two witnesses - Bill Taylor, the top USA diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs - began with opening statements echoing their earlier closed-door testimony about their alarm over efforts to get Ukraine to open an investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 election.

"The questions presented by this impeachment inquiry are whether President Trump sought to exploit [Ukraine's] vulnerability and invite Ukraine's interference in our elections".

Clinton was also critical of the Trump administration's actions regarding gun violence.

Ambassador Bill Taylor, charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, testified as part of the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing. And I would say, 'I've got lawyers and staff people handling this impeachment inquiry, and they should just have at it.' Meanwhile, I'm going to work for the American people.

The staffer cited by Taylor is David Holmes, a Taylor aide who has been subpoenaed to testify in the inquiry on Friday behind closed doors, said a person familiar with the issue. More recently, multiple Democrats have embraced bribery as a more direct summation of Trump's alleged conduct.

USA intelligence agencies and former Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election with a campaign of hacking and propaganda to boost Trump's candidacy.

The first day of televised hearings, following weeks of closed-door interviews about Trump's dealings with Ukraine, gave a potential audience of tens of millions of Americans their first look at a probe that has ignited partisan passions ahead of the 2020 presidential campaign.

Yovanovitch testified last month that she felt threatened and anxious about her safety after Trump said "she's going to go through some things".

Republican lawmakers called Taylor's account hearsay and noted Ukraine's president has not said he felt pressured by Trump.

After the call between Trump and Gordon Sondland, a former political donor appointed as the U.S. envoy to the European Union, the staff member asked Sondland what Trump thought about Ukraine, Taylor said.

However, there's no doubt that Trump knew what he wanted from Zelensky or that he told Zelensky what this was.

"Beltway charade", the president's son, Eric Trump, told reporters.

Trump's request to a foreign counterpart to provide political dirt on an election opponent is at the heart of just the fourth attempt to impeach a president in USA history.

Related Articles

  • Nike cuts ties with Amazon, but shoes won’t vanish from site

    Nike cuts ties with Amazon, but shoes won’t vanish from site

    Nike, which generated $36 billion in revenue previous year , sells its products through a large, global network of retailers. Many brands-including Nike-are concerned about third-party sellers offering counterfeit products on the marketplace.
    Greta Thunberg to set sail for Spain

    Greta Thunberg to set sail for Spain

    On Tuesday, an artist unveiled a mural of Thunberg in San Francisco to remind residents of the dangers posed by climate change . They've been sailing on their yacht, La Vagabond ever since and have a 10-month-old son, Lenny.

    How Technology Changed Gaming

    They are as popular as Fortnite’s second chapter that, according to techradar.com , will be talked about for some time. The gaming industry as a whole now has games with demanding graphics that can be played on a phone as well as on a computer.
  • 'Fantastic Adventures' YouTube mom accused of abusing her children has died

    'Fantastic Adventures' YouTube mom accused of abusing her children has died

    He said he wasn't able to elaborate on Hobson's medical condition. It's unclear whether Hobson had been hospitalized since May.
    David Villa announces retirement aged 37 after buying USL team Queensboro FC

    David Villa announces retirement aged 37 after buying USL team Queensboro FC

    He was asked about the quality of play in Japan and was laudatory. "I lived and played in NY for four years. He scored 12 goals this season for Kobe, a decent scoring output for a struggling club.

    "People" Readers Choose Antoni Porowski as Sexiest Reality Star of the Year

    Meanwhile, 40-year-old John admitted he feels a lot of "pressure" having to follow Idris in holding the title. Hell, 2019 John is about as equally perplexed but thank you @ People for finding me sexy.
  • Turkey's president arrives in Washington for talks

    Turkey's president arrives in Washington for talks

    Trump thanked Erdogan, and emphasized that the USA wants to shift its focus to its own borders, not others' borders. At his speech later, he called the House resolution as "shameful" and "against historical realities".
    Check Out The Trailer To The New Series About Selena || Power 93.7

    Check Out The Trailer To The New Series About Selena || Power 93.7

    Seidy Lopez (Mousie in Mi vida loca ) plays Marcella, Selena's mother, while newcomer Madison Taylor Baez plays Selena as a child. The story is being split into two parts, with the first consisting of six hour-long episodes that is set to debut in 2020.
    The Case For An Annual Major League Baseball Game In Nebraska

    The Case For An Annual Major League Baseball Game In Nebraska

    Naturally the sellout crowd was impressive - per ESPN, 12 MLB teams currently average fewer than 25,454 fans per game. The game attracted a sellout crowd of 25,454 to TD Ameritrade Park, even though Gordon was sidelined due to injury.
  • Venice lays under water as flooding hits second-highest level ever

    Venice lays under water as flooding hits second-highest level ever

    Zaia also expressed concern for snowfalls in the mountains above Venice, where up to 120 centimeters (47 inches) was expected. Other tourists in Venice shared photos and videos on social media today showing people wading through the flooded streets.
    Police raise security around Hong Kong after night clashes

    Police raise security around Hong Kong after night clashes

    Online video also showed a policeman on a motorcycle riding through a group of protesters in an apparent attempt to disperse them. Students hit by water cannon sprayed by police during a clash at Chinese University in Hong Kong , Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.
    Turkish forces in Syria fired on protesters

    Turkish forces in Syria fired on protesters

    However, the Turkish leader is accusing the US of not following through on that deal. He called Erdogan a "very good friend".