Pelosi calls Trump's actions 'bribery' as Democrats sharpen case for impeachment

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the president's actions in the impeachment inquiry amount to "bribery".

"The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the elections".

Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, will testify before the U.S. House of Representatives' intelligence committee starting at 9 a.m. ET.

The top United States diplomat in Ukraine, testifying on Wednesday (13 November) in the first televised hearing of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, linked him more directly to a pressure campaign on Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit ...

At its core, the impeachment inquiry concerns Trump's July phone call with Zelenskiy that first came to attention when an anonymous government whistleblower filed a complaint. "That's bribery", Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, told a news conference the day after the first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry she announced in September. Lawmakers are also set to hear private testimony from David Holmes, a Kyiv embassy official who is said to have overheard Trump discussing investigations in a July 26 phone call with Gordon Sondland, the USA ambassador to the European Union. During Wednesday's hearing, William Taylor, the top diplomat who replaced Yovanovitch in Ukraine, testified that another State Department witness overheard Trump asking about "the investigations" the day after his phone call with Kyiv.

The House is investigating allegations the USA president made the delivery of aid to Ukraine contingent upon a corruption probe into a political rival, former US vice-president Joe Biden, and his businessman son, Hunter. The focus of the inquiry is a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open a corruption investigation into Biden and his son Hunter, and into a discredited theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, meddled in the 2016 USA election.

Taylor said a member of his staff overheard a July 26 phone call between Trump and US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, in which Trump asked about the investigations he wanted Zelenskyy to open.

The House Intelligence Committee on Friday is due to hear in a public session from Yovanovitch, who Trump abruptly removed from her post as US ambassador to Ukraine in May.

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"First I've heard of it", he said, brushing off the question at the White House.

During Day One of the House hearings, career diplomats William Taylor and George Kent delivered sombre testimony about recent months.

While Trump applauded the aggression of some of his GOP defenders, he felt that numerous lawmakers could have done more to support him and he pressed that case with congressional allies ahead of the next hearing, according to Republicans who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations and were granted anonymity.

Federal prosecutors in NY have indicted two associates of Giuliani, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who both had business ties to Ukraine, on charges of violating U.S. laws requiring full disclosure of money contributions to politicians, including Trump.

White House budget official Mark Sandy will testify in the inquiry in a closed session on Saturday as scheduled if he is subpoenaed, his lawyer said on Thursday.

At a private dinner for big donors with Trump at the Trump Hotel in Washington in 2018, Parnas told the president that Yovanovitch was unfriendly to Trump and his interests, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday citing unnamed people familiar with the event.

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

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