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'This is a cover-up'
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that the whistleblower's complaint against President Donald Trump "removed all doubt about whether we should move forward" on impeachment.
Democrats in Congress ramped up calls for impeaching the president following a whistleblower's report that that Trump had urged the president of Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. Hunter had been paid $50,000 per month to sit on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas firm while his father was president. This complaint had remained sealed until today, but details about what it contained had been leaked earlier.
Pelosi initially resisted calls from within her own party for impeachment, but on Tuesday, she announced that she was ready to change course. "The president must be held accountable," the speaker said in her announcement. "No one is above the law." She said that what the president had done, according to the whistleblower,
On Wednesday, Trump released a transcript of his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that did show Trump mentioning Biden, but did not, as the president and his team repeatedly pointed out, have any indication of a quid pro quo for this requested investigation.
On Thursday morning, the whistleblower's complaint itself was released. In addition to the reporting the request regarding Biden, the whistleblower also accused the Trump administration of putting the transcript of a this call on "a standalone computer system reserved for codeword-level intelligence information, such as covert action." The whistleblower said that multiple White House officials had asserted that this was "not the first time" that the Trump administration had put something in this secure system "solely for the purpose of protecting politically sensitive — rather than national security sensitive — information."
What did Pelosi say?
In a speech Thursday following the release of the whistleblower's report, Pelosi called out the White House for the whistleblower's accusations that the transcript of Trump's phone call with Zelensky had been moved into a secure computer system despite not being classified.
"This is a cover-up," she said bluntly.
"Last week, we saw something that removed all doubt about whether we should move forward," she continued. "This distinct change in the body of knowledge we had to make a decision. So when people say to me 'what made you change my [sic] mind?' I didn't change my mind. I've always been on the course of finding the facts as we honor our constitution."
"And the facts are these: The president of the United States, in a telephone call with a head of state, betrayed his oath of office, our national security, and the integrity of our elections," Pelosi said.
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