House Intelligence Committee lays out case against Trump

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"Adam has made his mind up long before", said McCarthy. And they're saying it went beyond the president, including other officials, such as Cabinet secretaries, like Secretary of State Pompeo.

"At the end of a one-sided sham process, Chairman Schiff and the Democrats utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump".

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, in a television interview on Monday night, said the panel was finalising its report for a public release on Tuesday, with panel members expected to vote on it Tuesday night.

"This report reflects nothing more than their frustrations".

Based on two months of investigation sparked by a still-anonymous government whistleblower's complaint, the report relies heavily on testimony from current and former USA officials who defied White House orders not to appear. "In doing so, the president placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangered USA national security".

In the report's conclusion, Republican staff say the evidence "paints a picture of unelected bureaucrats within the foreign policy and national security apparatus who fundamentally disagreed with President Trump's style, world view, and decisions". Democrats, they argue, just want to undo the 2016 election.

The House intelligence committee released a major report Tuesday in the impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.

For Republicans falling in line behind Trump, the inquiry is simply a "hoax".

The full House would then vote on the formal impeachment charges.

Another telling omission: Democrats note that Trump canceled a trip to Warsaw, where he'd have met Zelensky for the first time, but don't mention that he sent Vice President Mike Pence instead - because hurricanes were causing havoc on the East Coast.

At no point does the report make a case that Trump committed bribery.

In prefacing it, Schiff drew deeply from history, citing George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and other Founding Fathers, to explain grounds for impeachment "as a remedy of last resort".

The White House and congressional Republicans have rejected the Democratic allegations. "Nancy Pelosi is a disaster, ok?"

It asserts that the president "subverted" national security by withholding critical military aid to Ukraine, removing an anti-corruption "champion" from her post as ambassador, and by using "hand-picked" agents to pressure the new Ukrainian president to investigate Democrats, including Joe Biden and his son. At the time, Trump was withholding $400 million in military aid, jeopardizing key support as Ukraine faces an aggressive Russian Federation at its border.

The House Intelligence Committee and the public have heard testimony from current and former officials that military aid was withheld from Ukraine and that a White House meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was conditioned on Kyiv probing Biden and his son Hunter as well as a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

Hearing from legal experts at Wednesday's session, Democrats could begin drafting articles of impeachment against the president in a matter of days.

The vote on the Intelligence Committee report signals a shift in the impeachment process from that committee to the Judiciary Committee. Not a single document was produced by the White House or government agencies despite 71 demands or requests for documents, the report says.

Cipollone, who will brief Senate Republicans on Wednesday, left open the question of whether White House officials would participate in additional House hearings.



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