A report from The Hill suggests House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as having some strong words for Donald Trump as impeachment public hearings kick off. Pelosi argues that Trump’s attempts to bribe Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden make President Richard Nixon’s offenses “look almost small”. According to The Hill:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday accused President Trump of “bribery” in his dealings with Ukrainian leaders, linking the president’s actions to the Constitution’s impeachment clause even while emphasizing that Democrats remain undecided on whether they’ll draft impeachment articles…
“The bribe is to grant or withhold military assistance in return for a public statement of a fake investigation into the elections,” she said. “That’s bribery.”
Pelosi declined to say if the bribery charge would become an article of impeachment, insisting Democrats — even as they move ahead with their investigation — have not concluded Trump committed impeachable offenses.
According to vox, on Wednesday November 13, 2019, the first public impeachment inquiry hearing started with Bill Taylor & George Kent, two State Department officials with long careers and deep experience in Ukraine, testifying.
Vox has addressed “what to expect at the impeachment inquiry’s first public hearing”. This report also has a calendar of the public hearings, how the hearings will work and who will testify. More importantly, it revisits what Taylor and Kent said.