House Dems Release Trump Impeachment Report, Accusing Trump Of Misusing Office To Pressure Ukraine

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The Democrat-led House Intelligence Committee released a scathing report Tuesday on the findings from its impeachment inquiry, accusing President Trump of misusing his office to seek foreign help in the 2020 presidential race.

The report comes hours before the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin taking up the case with its first formal impeachment hearing Wednesday morning.

“President Trump’s scheme subverted U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security in favor of two politically motivated investigations that would help his presidential reelection campaign,” the report said.

It said the inquiry “uncovered a months-long effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election.”

The Intelligence Committee, led by Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., conducted extensive interviews with witnesses connected to the Trump administration’s relationship with Ukraine, after an anonymous whistleblower filed a complaint alleging that during a July 25 phone call, Trump tried to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Democratic activities in 2016 as well as former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE

Schiff’s committee held closed-door sessions before opening up the inquiry to public hearings, which featured testimony from witnesses including National Security Council official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

The Intelligence Committee’s inquiry specifically looked into whether Trump withheld nearly $400 million in military aid from Ukraine and used a White House visit with Zelensky as leverage to get Ukraine to participate in the investigations.

Trump has denied wrongdoing, and said his call with Zelensky was “perfect.” Zelensky has also denied there was any pressure put on him or any talk of a quid pro quo between the two leaders, but he did criticize the decision to delay the aid.

Republicans drafted a report of their own, which rejected the Democratic majority’s claims.

“The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations, and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor,” the GOP report said.

With the Intelligence Committee’s report in their hands, the Judiciary Committee is next going to call constitutional law experts to testify regarding the relevant legal principles involved in impeachment, before determining whether or not to approve articles of impeachment, which would then go to the full House for a vote.

(AP)




16 COMMENTS

  1. This report and the foregone conclusion were fashioned a few years ago. These evil Dems just kept changing the story because each one was proven false. They can only conduct this charade by partisan politics because anything that seeks the truth will not result in negative consequences for Trump. My tefilos are that this entire circus results in a windfall disaster for the Dems, and the Republicans take back both houses of Congress. I have yet to encounter a single DemocRat at the federal level who passes the muster for honesty and morality.

  2. Not one witness said they heard Trump request a quid pro quo. Even their star witness, Sondland, admitted under cross examination that he presumed a quid pro quo. He also admitted that when he asked Trump directly what quid pro quo he wanted, Trump said none. And, within the past week, the Ukrainian President again denied there was a quid pro quo

  3. I wonder how many Yeshiva World commentators have bothered to read the report or at least the executive summery. I hope to download from the link provided and start reading it this evening so that I can be an informed citizen.

  4. @MosheinGolus

    Whats so hard to believe? Here’s a rundown of some of the felony convictions so far — directly linked to Trump and his campaign:

    1. Manafort was an unregistered foreign lobbyist for Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russia former President of Ukraine. (!!!)

    2. The debunked “Ukraine election meddling to help Hillary” narrative came from pro-Russia Ukraine leadership, Russian disinformation efforts and MANAFORT, aka, inside the Trump election campaign.

    3. Cohen and Manafort shared internal campaign data with Russia/Ukraine.

    4. Flynn helped broker a “peace deal” with the pro-Russia leader (ya know, the super corrupt one!) of Ukraine that essentially would have handed control of the country to Russia. (It failed, thank god.)

    5. Papadopoulos bragged about his role in Trump’s corruption in a London bar. He inadvertently became the catalyst for the FBI’s initial investigation into corruption inside Trump’s election campaign.

    6. Stone worked as a backchannel with Russia’s hacked DNC emails in an effort to damage Clinton’s election campaign.

    7. Gates helped Manafort launder tens of millions of dollars through more than a dozen unreported foreign bank accounts. He cooked books.

    8. Cohen also cooked books for Trump and Trump Foundation, which was recently fined $2M for a “shocking pattern of illegality” to benefit Trump’s election campaign.

    A few weeks ago, Trump admitted to illegality as part of this fine/judgment.

    ALL OF THEM (except Trump, who is an unindicted coconspirator dubbed “Individual 1”) are now convincted felons. ALL OF THEM were hired by and worked at the direction of Trump.

    Giuliani merely picked up the role as Trump’s campaign fixer after the rest of them got caught.

  5. Quayboardwarrior, your diatribe just proves that you are a low-IQ moron who get his news sources from CNN and likes. There is no wrongdoing committed by Trump, read Mueller report and transcript of Trump’s Ukraine phone call instead of getting disinformation from Fake News and corrupt sleazy Democrats,, case closed.

  6. The answer to quayboardwarrior’s first question is: A genuine, informed and honest connection with the real world.

    You can like President Trump’s policies, but if he’s committed impeachable acts, he should be removed from office. He’s not the only one who can fix it.

  7. @MosheinGolus
    Clearly all you read were someone’s tweets claiming “complete exoneration”

    Had you actually read the report you’d know Mueller concluded that Russian interference in the 2016 election was illegal and occurred “in sweeping and systematic fashion”, and was welcomed by the Trump campaign.

    The investigation found there were over 100 contacts between Trump campaign advisors and individuals affiliated with the Russian government, before and after the election, but the evidence was insufficient prove conspiracy in court.

    Hardly a complete exoneration.