Pelosi maintains that Trump's actions are worse than Nixon's, but does not agree that he has intimidated the witness
Nancy Pelosi said in a Sunday morning interview that Donald Trump's alleged crimes are worse than former President Richard Nixon, who was deposed and resigned in 1974.
& # 39; It's really a sad thing, & # 39; said the house speaker in her Friday interview with Margaret Brennan, host of CBS, Face the Nation. & # 39; I mean, what the president did was so much worse than even what Richard Nixon did. And at one point Richard Nixon cared enough for the country to recognize that this could not continue. & # 39;
Articles of accusation were filed against Nixon for obstruction of justice, abuse of power and contempt for Congress, but he resigned before a vote was cast on whether he would be formally removed from office.
The house started its public hearings as part of last week's investigation into allegations of Trump and will hear eight witnesses this week.
House speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed in a Sunday-released interview that Donald Trump's actions are worse than former President Richard Nixon accused
Nixon was ousted for obstruction of justice, abuse of power and contempt for Congress and resigned in 1974 as president. The Trump accusation investigation stems from a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky where he asked his Ukrainian counterparty to investigate Joe Biden
The investigation stems from a whistleblower complaint that revealed that the nature of the president's call with his Ukrainian counterpart was aimed at requesting President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate political rival Joe Biden.
The request came just a few days after the Whtie House had frozen millions of military aid to Ukraine, claiming that the President had set up a consideration for aid that depended on the investigation.
Trump denies any misconduct and claims that the investigation of his actions is a partisan & # 39; witch hunt & # 39; is – claiming that his call to the Ukrainian president & # 39; perfect & # 39; used to be.
Former US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, publicly testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Friday after the White House prematurely brought her back from her three-year assignment in Ukraine in May.
& # 39; Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch became bad, & # 39; tweeted Trump while hearing Yovanovitch. & # 39; She started in Somalia, how did that go? Then quickly move on to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian president spoke to him unfavorably about her in my second phone call. & # 39;
& # 39; It is an absolute right for the US President to appoint ambassadors & # 39 ;, he continued. & # 39; They call it & # 39; serve to the satisfaction of the President. & # 39; The US now has a very strong and powerful foreign policy, much different from the current administrations. It is simply called America First! With all that, however, I have done MUCH more for Ukraine than O. & # 39;
Yovanovitch started her testimony through some of the & # 39; deprivation items & # 39; to describe that she had endured as a career diplomat – such as Somalia – and became emotional when she spoke of the July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky to which the president referred in his tweet.
The White House in May reminded former US ambassador to Ukraine of Marie Yovanovitch (photo) of her three-year assignment in Ukraine. She publicly testified as part of the investigation of allegations before the House Intelligence Committee on Friday
Trump tweeted at the hearing that & # 39; everywhere Marie Yovanovitch got bad & # 39; and insisted that it was his privilege as president to appoint ambassadors
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, expressed concern that the president tweeting at Yovanovitch during her hearing & # 39; witness intimidation & # 39; could be
The Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, expressed concern that the tweet from Trump & # 39; witness intimidation in real time & # 39; used to be.
Pelosi, however, did not want to say if she believed it was a witness of intimidation or not.
She claimed that she had not looked enough in the language of the tweets to determine the possible legal implications, but she said that tweeting at Yovanovitch was a & # 39; error & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; He made a mistake. And he knows her power and he tried to undermine it & # 39 ;, Pelosi told CBS in her interview. & # 39; I think even his most avid supporters must honestly admit that this was wrong for the president. & # 39;
& # 39; He should not throw insults lightly. But he did, & she continued. & # 39; I think part of it is his own uncertainty as a fraud. I think he knows very well that he is far above his head in that office. And so he has reduced everyone else. & # 39;
Before Yovanovitch testified, Pelosi tweeted that she was & # 39; smeared & # 39; by the President's allies and wrongly removed from her position in Ukraine.
& # 39; Today we hear from one of our most respected diplomats, who spent her career as an anti-corruption crusader, & # 39; tweeted Pelosi Friday. & # 39; She was malignantly stained by Trump's allies, removed from her post and then threatened by the president during his & # 39; perfect & # 39; call. & # 39;
Brennan tried to ask Pelosi about her response to Republican talks regarding the investigation of allegations, but the Californian Democrats refused to answer questions regarding the GOP.
Pelosi, in CBS in her interview, which was overheard on Friday, would not say whether she agreed with Schiff or the comment was witness intimidation, but said it was a & # 39; error & # 39; used to be. It has also been reused to answer questions regarding GOP discussion points regarding the investigation of allegations
& # 39; You know what, if we can just talk about what we want to do. I really have a very uncomfortable level of responding to what Republicans say because they deny what is happening in the country & # 39 ;, Pelosi told the CBS Sunday morning host. & # 39; So if you want to ask me where we stand, I would be happy to respond. But I think it's a waste of time and yours to just talk about what Republicans say. & # 39;
When Brennan said she just wanted to give Pelosi a chance to respond to their argument, the house speaker cut her off.
& # 39; I'm not going to respond, & # 39; said Pelosi. & # 39; Leave it alone. Leave their arguments, because it is on such quicksand that I don't even want it to be made more visible by my worthy representation of what they say to be worthy.
& # 39; I am not here to talk about what they say because they are not confronted with the reality of what is happening to our country, & # 39; she concluded.
Pelosi added that she felt that last week was a victory for the American people and a loss for Trump.
& # 39; I think the American people had a good week. I think the truth has had a good week. I think patriotism had a good week. And I think the Constitution had a good week, "said Pelosi, who announced the start of an allegation investigation in September. & # 39; I don't think the president had a good week. & # 39;
The public hearings began on Wednesday after a handful of testimonials with closed doors had been delivered in the preceding weeks.
Former US Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor and Assistant Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs George Kent spent nearly 5 hours on Wednesday with witnesses and Yovanovitch followed with her appearance on Capitol Hill on Friday.
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