During her first press conference since the public phase of the impeachment inquiry began, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the testimony by acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor and State Department official George Kent was “devastating,” and that it “corroborated evidence of bribery” that President Trump himself has admitted to.
The speaker said that what’s already on the record about Trump’s conduct “makes what Nixon did look almost small.”
The bribery language, as opposed to “quid pro quo,” reflects a pivot in messaging Democrats intend to deploy in order to make the allegations easier to understand.
Pelosi cautioned, however, that the House Judiciary Committee hasn’t yet decided whether to impeach. She also dismissed Republicans’ criticism of secondhand testimony by witnesses as “fraudulent,” pointing out that the White House has blocked all of the officials who would have firsthand knowledge of the allegations from testifying.
Watch the exchange below.
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