House Impeachment Report Accuses Trump of Soliciting Foreign Interference in 2020 Election

Carla Harmon
December 4, 2019

During the Q&A portion of Wednesday's hearing, Karlan said Trump's call with Ukraine was an abuse of power. Later when the two leaders were face to face, Macron refused to back down, saying he stood by his comments.

Meanwhile, Rep. Matt Gaetz said Democrats will be held accountable for continuing to prioritize removing the president from office rather than helping the American people with meaningful legislation.

He has argued that "those articles of impeachment that had been approved against Richard Nixon turn out to be relevant, as well, to the misconduct of President Trump".

"As for the hearing scheduled for December 4, we can not fairly be expected to participate in a hearing while the witnesses are yet to be named and while it remains unclear whether the Judiciary Committee will afford the president a fair process through additional hearings", Cipollone told the committee. The Democratic witnesses seem convinced that Trump needs to be impeached, and one of them, University of North Carolina Law professor Michael Gerhardt, will go so far as to say what Trump has done has been "worse than the misconduct of any prior president", his opening statement says.

Norman Eisen, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, is expected to question four scholars about the legal framework for impeachment and examine whether Trump's actions count as the "high crimes and misdemeanors" spelled out in the constitution as grounds for impeachment.

He recounts how the president of Ukraine said he felt "no pressure" and he contends that Ukrainian officials don't understand what the impeachment inquiry is all about.

"Oh lord, yes, things have changed a whole lot since these testimonies", Clyburn said, referring to the Intelligence Committee depositions and hearings, acknowledging he had told reporters two weeks ago he was still unsure about whether impeaching Trump was in the offing.

Some Democrats worry that including Mueller's findings in impeachment articles would be divisive for the caucus - particularly among vulnerable moderates who are already wary of the political consequences of an impeachment vote. According to the testimony presented to the House, the solicitation sought to gain an advantage that was personal to the president.

Senate Republicans are to meet privately with the White House counsel. "You're doing exactly what you're criticizing the president of doing", he said. "The problem for Democrats is they cant change the fact that not a single witness provided testimony that Donald Trump ever related military aid to investigations, not a single witness ever related that Donald Trump talked about a quid pro quo involving Ukrainian military aid, and so again this is long on political motivation and short on real facts that would drive an impeachment".

Congressman Doug Collins, the Judiciary panel's top Republican, piled on, calling the inquiry a "railroad job" wasting the American public's time.

"I see a pattern in which the president's views about the propriety of foreign governments intervening in our election process are the antithesis of what our framers were committed to", Karlan added.

Trump solicited foreign interference to boost his re-election chances, undermined national security and ordered an "unprecedented" campaign to obstruct Congress, Democrats said on Tuesday in a report that lawmakers will use as the basis of any formal impeachment charges.

"At the end of the day, there's still no impeachable offense".

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