Pelosi ups the ante on impeachment, accuses Trump of ‘bribery’ . House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday scolded reporters who used Republican talking points about the whistleblower .
“When you talk about the whistleblower, you’re coming into my wheelhouse,” Pelosi said. “The whistleblower is there to speak truth to power and have protection for doing that.
And any retribution or harm coming toward a whistleblower undermines our ability to hear truth about power. So I will defend the rights about the whistleblower vehemently.” The House speaker also accused the president of “bribery” in his actions related to Ukraine.
Pelosi said that Trump has every right to present “exculpatory” evidence to the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry. “If the president has something that is exculpatory — Mr. President, that means you have anything that shows your innocence .
Then he should make that known,” Pelosi said. “So far we haven’t see that.” “But nobody — nobody, the president is not above the law, the president will be held accountable — and nobody should have the right to endanger whistleblowers,” the speaker added.
Trump would not grant Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky an Oval Office meeting or release $400 million in aid until Zelensky announced investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, and a debunked conspiracy theory about alleged electoral interference by Ukraine in the 2016 election.
“The president abused power and violated his oath by threatening to withhold military aid and a White House meeting in exchange for an investigation into his political rival — a clear attempt for the president to give himself an advantage in the 2020 election,” she said. Trump and his Republican allies argued that both Taylor and Kent relied on second- and thirdhand information in their testimony.