Nancy Pelosi said in an interview aired Sunday morning that Donald Trump's alleged crimes are worse than former President Richard Nixon, who was impeached and resigned in 1974.
'It's really a sad thing,' the House Speaker said in her Friday interview with CBS's Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan. 'I mean, what the president did was so much worse than even what Richard Nixon did. And at some point, Richard Nixon cared about the country enough to recognize that this could not continue.'
Articles of impeachment were filed against Nixon for obstruction of justice, abuse of power and contempt of Congress, but he resigned before a vote was cast on whether to formally remove him from office.
The House began its public hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry into Trump last week and will hear from eight more witnesses this week.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed in an interview released Sunday that Donald Trump's actions are worse than impeached former President Richard Nixon
Nixon was impeached for obstruction of justice, abuse of power and contempt of Congress and in 1974 stepped down as president. The impeachment inquiry into Trump stems from a call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky where he requested his Ukrainian counterpart investigate Joe Biden
The inquiry stems from a whistle-blower complaint that revealed the nature of the president's call with his Ukrainian counterpart was centered around requesting President Volodymyr Zelensky launch a probe into political rival Joe Biden.
The request came just days after the Whtie House froze millions in military aid to Ukraine, causing Democrats to claim the president was setting a quid pro quo of assistance being dependent on the investigation.
Trump denies any wrongdoing and maintains that the inquiry into his actions are a partisan 'witch hunt' – claiming his call with the Ukrainian president was 'perfect.'
Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch publicly testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Friday after the White House prematurely called her back in May from her three-year assignment in Ukraine.
'Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad,' Trump tweeted during Yovanovitch's hearing. 'She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him.'
'It is a U.S. President's absolute right to appoint ambassadors,' he continued. 'They call it 'serving at the pleasure of the President.' The U.S. now has a very strong and powerful foreign policy, much different than proceeding administrations. It is called, quite simply, America First! With all of that, however, I have done FAR more for Ukraine than O.'
Yovanovitch started off her testimony by detailing some of the 'hardship posts' she had endured as a career diplomat - like Somalia - and became emotional when talking about the July 25 call between Trump and Zelensky that the president was referring to in his tweet.
The White House prematurely recalled in May former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch (pictured) from her her three-year assignment in Ukraine. She publicly testified as part of the impeachment inquiry before the House Intelligence Committee on Friday