Pelosi throws shade at Trump by explaining the meaning of 'exculpatory'

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden coronavirus relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority Some Republicans say proxy voting gives advantage to Democrats Gun violence prevention groups optimistic background check legislation can pass this Congress MORE (D-Calif.) mocked President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE by explaining the meaning of the word "exculpatory" while she discussed the impeachment inquiry during a press conference on Thursday.

"If the president has something that is exculpatory — Mr. President, that means you have anything that shows your innocence — then he should make that known, and that's part of the inquiry," Pelosi said. 

"So far we haven't seen that but we welcome it," she added. 

Pelosi on Thursday also accused Trump of "bribery." She said, however, that Democrats have not decided whether they will draft articles of impeachment.


Her comments come one day after the first public testimony in the impeachment inquiry into Trump's dealings with Ukraine. The probe was launched after the revelation that the president encouraged the leader of Ukraine to look into Democratic presidential candidate Joe BidenJoe BidenIntercept bureau chief: minimum wage was not 'high priority' for Biden in COVID-19 relief South Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Obama alum Seth Harris to serve as Biden labor adviser: report MORE

The acting Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent testified Wednesday. Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who was abruptly recalled in May, is slated to testify publicly on Friday. 

Trump has denied wrongdoing and blasted the probe as a witch hunt.