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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Friday, November 15, 2019

"Bribery"

In Defying the Odds, we discuss Trump's character and record of bigotryThe update -- recently published --includes a chapter on the 2018 midterms. This past summerhe told several Democratic congresswomen to "go back" to their countries. Impeachment is becoming likely.

From Pelosi's November 14 press conference:
But yesterday, you heard an appointee of the President speak in very unambiguous terms. A courageous public servant. The devastating testimony corroborated evidence of bribery uncovered in the inquiry and that 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. Clear attempt of the President to give himself the advantage in the 2020 election. Doing so, as I said, to the President, ‘You jeopardize our national security, undermine our national security, jeopardizing integrity of our electoral system, violate your oath of office."
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Q: You talked about bribery a second ago, and that's a very serious charge. What's the case of bribery?

Speaker Pelosi. Well you know, we’re talking Latin around here. ‘E Pluribus Unum,’ from many one. Quid pro quo, bribery, bribery, and that is in the Constitution attached to the impeachment proceedings.

Q: So what was the bribe here?

Speaker Pelosi. The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into elections. That's bribery. Yes.

Q: Will you be looking at article of impeachment?

Speaker Pelosi. I don’t know that. We haven't made a decision to impeach. That's what the inquiry is about, and when the committees decide that, and they will decide what the articles are. What I am saying, that what is – the President has admitted to and says it’s perfect. I said it's perfectly wrong. It's bribery.
And a bit of trolling:
Speaker Pelosi.  Well, all of this milieu is it seeking of the truth.  It's called an inquiry, and if the President has something that is exculpatory – Mr. President, that means if you have anything that shows your innocence – then he should make that known, and that's part of the inquiry, and so far we haven't seen that, but we welcome it, and that's what an inquiry is about.