House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that testimony presented by two career diplomats during Wednesday’s open impeachment hearing “corroborated evidence of bribery” by President Trump in his relations with Ukraine.

Her comments come as Democrats seek to build a case that Trump sought to withhold military assistance and an Oval Office meeting until Ukraine announced investigations into former vice president Joe Biden and his son, as well as an unfounded theory that Ukrainians interfered in the 2016 presidential election to hurt Trump.

Meanwhile, it was learned Thursday that a second official from the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv was present when U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland spoke on a July 26 phone call from Ukraine with Trump that more directly ties the president to his administration’s effort to pressure Ukraine’s new leadership.

Earlier Thursday, Trump asserted that “normal people” would close the case on his impeachment after Wednesday’s nationally televised hearing.

●Impeachment hearings begin with new evidence of phone call implicating Trump in Ukraine controversy.

●Pelosi calls Trump’s actions ‘bribery’ as Democrats sharpen case for impeachment.

●Republicans discuss a longer Senate impeachment trial to scramble Democratic primaries.

●Republicans’ conspiracy theories slam into sworn testimony in collision of divergent worlds.