Pelosi Releases Evidence Of Trump’s ‘Gross Abuse Of Power’, ‘Shakedown’ And ‘Cover Up’: Report
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Monday released a new “fact sheet” outlining what her office characterized as a gross abuse of power by President Trump, including a “shakedown,” “pressure campaign” and “cover up,” The Washington Post reports
The four-page “fact sheet” citing the most compelling evidence of what Democrats have cast as a gross abuse of power by Trump.
The citations are divided into three categories: “the shakedown,” “the pressure campaign” and “the cover up.”
As evidence of a “shakedown,” the fact sheet cites quotes from the rough transcript from Trump’s July call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which it says “paints a damning picture of Trump abusing his office by pressing a foreign government to interfere in our 2020 elections.”
Trump, the document contends, “has betrayed his oath of office, betrayed our national security and betrayed the integrity of our elections for his own personal political gain.”
The evidence of a “pressure campaign” includes several texts from State Department officials, including one in which Taylor says, “I think it’s crazy to withhold security assistance for help with a political campaign.”
As of evidence of a “cover up,” the document points to the complaint filed by the whistleblower that sparked the impeachment inquiry.
In it, the anonymous U.S. intelligence official asserts that senior White House officials “intervened to ‘lock down’ all records of the phone call” and loaded the transcript into “a separate electronic system … used to store and handle classified information of an especially sensitive nature.”
The development came as a Republican move to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) for his handling of the impeachment inquiry in an effort to derail the proceedings against Trump.
Democrats have a busy week of closed-door depositions, including an appearance Tuesday by Bill Taylor, the top official at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.
In text messages with other U.S. diplomats, Taylor raised alarms about the White House holding back military aid to Ukraine and pressing for investigations into the 2016 U.S. election and an energy company that employed former vice president Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden.