The U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an unfavorable comparison between President Donald to fellow Republican Richard Nixon saying that disgraced president at least cared enough about the country to leave office before his impeachment.
Last week, the top Democrat in Congress told reporters that President Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate one of his potential opponents in the 2020 election “makes what Nixon did look almost small.” She referred to Nixon’s resignation after the Watergate scandal involving a break-in at Democratic Party headquarters and the subsequent cover-up.
Pelosi further claimed in CBS’s interview “Face the Nation,” “I mean, what the president did was so much worse than even what Richard Nixon did, that at some point Richard Nixon cared about the country enough to recognize that this could not continue.”
Nixon resigned in 1974 after the House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment against him but before the full House voted on the issue, and he was not impeached.
He is the only U.S. president who has resigned from office. To start impeachment proceedings, Pelosi for months resisted calls from her more liberal Democratic lawmakers. She further claimed that Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy compelled her to open the inquiry against the president.
Since launching the proceedings on Sept. Pelosi has not been in the room as the House of Intelligence Committee held public hearings on Trump’s impeachment. Her statement comes amid the trial of longtime Trump Roger Stone, a self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” who worked for Nixon’s re-election campaign. On Friday, Stone was considered lying to Congress, obstruction, and witness tampering during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.
The impeachment probe was condemned by Trump and his supporters who claimed it to be politically motivated. Trump said that his call with the Ukrainian President was “perfect” while Republican lawmakers criticized the impeachment process as unfair.
In a show, Republican U.S. Representative Chris Stewart said, “Do you have any evidence at all that the president did anything criminal or illegal? And the answer is no.”
Pelosi told CBS, the president has “every opportunity to present his case,” including coming before the intelligence panel. “If the president has information that demonstrates his innocence in all of this, which we haven’t seen,” she said.
“If he has information that is exculpatory – that means ex, taking away, culpable, blame – then we look forward to seeing it,” she added.
Last week, Pelosi accused Trump of bribery in having his aides dangle a White House meeting, then $400 million in suspended U.S. security assistance, if Zelenskiy declared a probe into former Vice President Joe Biden. Among the three articles in the U.S. Constitution, Bribery is the one.
During the hearing, Republicans expressed support for Yovanovitch’s public service. Several criticized openly Trump’s actions. Representative Mike Turner, a Republican on the intelligence panel, on CNN’s “State of the Union” considered president’s tweet as unfortunate.