Pelosi Accuses Trump Of Bribery As Impeachment Inquiry Proceeds

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that President Donald Trump has already admitted to bribery in the Ukraine scandal at the heart of a Democratic-led inquiry, accusing him of an impeachable offence under the United States Constitution.

“The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the elections. That’s bribery,” Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, told a news conference on Thursday, the day after the first public hearing in the impeachment inquiry she announced in September.

“What the president has admitted to and says it’s ‘perfect’, I say it’s perfectly wrong. It’s bribery,” Pelosi said.

Democrats are looking into whether the Republican president abused his power by withholding $391m in US security aid to Ukraine as leverage to pressure Kyiv to conduct two investigations that would benefit him politically.

The money, approved by Congress to help a US ally combat Russia-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country, was later provided to Ukraine.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

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