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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed President Trump the behavior undermines the integrity of the US elections; chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel reports from Capitol Hill.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., responded on Thursday to accusations that the Trump White house wanted to have access to the written recording of the controversial phone call between the President and the Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky, calling it “a cover-up” — what the Democratic caucus of the plow is in front of his impeachment inquiry.
Pelosi spoke with reporters after the publication of a whistleblower complaint with respect to Trump in July-call with Zelensky. The complaint said the officers tried to “lock down” records of the conversation, in the Trump, the Ukraine sought the help of the investigation of the Biden family.
“This is said to be a cover,” Pelosi. “We are here with another example for the disregard of the Constitution by the President.”
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Pelosi added: “If you have a system for the electronic storage, not in use, and you have something that is politically useful for the President, and hide it somewhere else, this is a cover-up.”
At a separate hearing on Capitol Hill, but the Deputy Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, warned against jumping to conclusions on the allegation of “cover-up” and more, in the light of the complaint was not on a direct knowledge.
“This is the second-hand information from a whistleblower,” Maguire spoke about the “cover-up” claim.
Pelosi’s comments come as the unnamed whistleblower complaints were made public, two days after they announced that the house was opening a formal impeachment inquiry on the Problem.
The complaint alleges Trump abused the power of his office to promote “interference from a foreign country” in the next year with the US elections.
On the call, Trump Zelensky invited to investigate the former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Joe Biden has confirmed that, when he was Vice President, he set himself successfully to the Ukraine under pressure to fire top Prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, while Shokin, the investigation of the natural gas company Burisma Holdings — where Hunter Biden was on the Board. Shokin had separated, was accused of corruption.
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Trump has denied of doing something wrong and says that the recording of the conversation, which was released to the public on Wednesday, will justify him of any wrong.
“The President thinks that proves his innocence, not only shows how much he understands right from wrong,” Pelosi said.
The speaker of the house of representatives has brushed off for months, to open calls of her party’s more liberal members, impeachment proceedings against Trump, but on Thursday, she trembled at the statement that you had changed your mind about the future.
“We wanted a more complete understanding of the facts,” she said. “I didn’t change my mind.”
“The President of the United States and its actions with a phone conversation with another head of state added betrayed his oath of office,” Pelosi. “We have a request to further facts.”
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As of Wednesday, a majority of the members of the house have publicly impeachment proceedings against Trump support, with 217 Democrats and independent Rep. Justin Amash, the all in favor of the opening of the investigation Committee of the President.
A house member urging support of the charge is House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., who said in his weekly press conference that Pelosi, the inquiry opened, without any evidence against Trump.
“She opened [a] prosecution request, without a word of evidence,” he said. “[E]ven put their own members out of the question that you moved too fast. And if the evidence was released, the Democrats, and many of the media twisted what she wanted to believe.”
Before the recent scandal about the phone call with the Ukrainian President, many Democrats pushed impeachment had procedures, or even direct charge – mostly on the results of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s campaign, the connections to Russia and whether Trump is trying to hinder the probe.
The probe has not reached a conclusion on the obstacle Problem and can not find the evidence of collusion. Pelosi’s statement earlier in the week for the first time the democratic party get into the lead, to strive for the behind the indictment.