House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is probably one of the finest politicians of our time. Part of her skill became apparent when she released one of the tools she uses to explain the logic behind her decisions. The document is brilliant. Check it out.
Speaker Pelosi’s “fact sheet” included what she described as Donald Trump’s “shakedown” of the new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. In addition, she showed the “pressure campaign” that Trump and his personal attorney/fixer Rudy Giuliani employed. They attempted to force the new Ukrainian government to start an investigation into former vice president Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.
The younger Biden sat on the board of a Ukrainian utility company while his father was in office. However, there has already been an investigation that exonerated both men.
Trump insisted there had been a “coverup” and withheld direly-needed military funding until Zelensky agreed to open another investigation. Ukraine has been at war with Russia on two borders.
The speaker entitled her document “Truth Exposed.” She wrote, according to The Mother Jones publication:
“President Trump has betrayed his oath of office, betrayed our national security and betrayed the integrity of our elections for his own personal political gain.’
Pelosi explained how the president’s “shakedown” went. POTUS released a summary of a conversation that he had with President Zelensky. She wrote:
‘President Trump has betrayed his oath of office, betrayed our national security, and betrayed the integrity of our elections for his own personal political gain.’
Then, the speaker used Trump’s own words against him. She pointed to these comments:
- ‘[W]e do a lot for Ukraine…I wouldn’t say that it’s reciprocal.
- I would like you to do us a favor though.
- There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution.
- [W]hatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great.
- [S]o if you can look into it…’
Then, Pelosi moved on to The Pressure Campaign.” She indicated that the president employed Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and a number of career ambassadors. She wrote:
‘President Trump abused the power of the presidency by using multiple levers of government…then to obstruct the congressional inquiry into that scheme.’
She said that the vice president was “entangled in this scandal.” Pelosi pointed out that Pence met with Zelensky in Poland to pass on a message from the president.
Within her document, Speaker Pelosi included texts from Ambassadors Gordon Sondland, Kurt Volker, and Bill Taylor. She particularly emphasized:
- ‘State Department officials discuss a White House visit in exchange for a Ukraine statement.
- Concerns About Ukraine Becoming an “Instrument” in U.S. Politics.
- Ambassador Taylor Sought Clarification and Expressed Concerns About Withholding U.S. Military Assistance in Exchange for Launching an Investigation.’
Then, Pelosi went on to The Cover-Up. She began with a quote from the first whistleblower. She ended with what the whistleblower complaint said, point by point.
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