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At a press conference on Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) essentially authorized the use of the word “bribery” to describe President Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine. The broadcast networks gushed about her use of the word and showed their approval by roundly noting that bribery was an impeachable offense explicitly laid out in the Constitution.
“Tonight, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now using the word bribery, and what this might signal. Pelosi explicitly accusing President Trump of bribery and what she heard in the first televised hearings, saying the cover-up, quote, ‘makes what Nixon did look almost small,’” touted sensationalist anchor David Muir during ABC’s World News Tonight.
Right at the top of her ABC report, senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce touted Pelosi for “declaring President Trump committed bribery.” She followed up by adding how it was a “new and explicit allegation, and a major step for the Speaker because bribery is in the Constitution as an impeachable offense.”