Jesse Watters on House Intel impeachment report: 'The whole thing backfired'

Cheryl Sanders
December 4, 2019

"No other President has flouted the Constitution and power of Congress to conduct oversight to this extent", the report said.

The president, at a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting in London, called the impeachment effort by rival Democrats "unpatriotic", and said he wouldn't be watching Wednesday's hearing. The report, along with views provided by Republicans, will then be sent to the House Judiciary Committee, which is taking over the next phaseof the inquiry.

That controversial strategic position, laid out by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., in a brief interview with McClatchy on Tuesday evening, is the strongest and most decisive statement yet by a member of the House Democratic leadership team. Lawmakers were allowed to only look through the draft report behind closed doors in committee spaces.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Monday that the report "outlines in considerable detail a scheme that began actually well before the recall of Ambassador (Marie) Yovanovitch, and was created to further two political objectives of the President, which is an investigation into Joe Biden and an investigation into this debunked conspiracy theory that it was Ukraine that interfered in the last election, not Russian Federation - notwithstanding all of our intelligence agencies concluding it was Russian Federation, notwithstanding the fact that it's actually Putin's narrative that Ukraine did it, not us". Congressional Republicans on Monday released their report ahead of the Democrats, a document that fully defended the President's actions on Ukraine and accused Democrats of rushing to impeach the President without any evidence that Trump did anything wrong.

Those records show Nunes had a series of calls with Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, as well as with Giuliani's now-indicted associate Lev Parnas.

Democrats found that the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky - in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden - was the "dramatic crescendo" of a months-long campaign driven by the President in Ukraine that involved a number of senior officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

"No one's talking about Ukraine". But they have been under some pressure from the left and from some liberal lawmakers to keep digging before a final impeachment vote.

Republicans defended the president in their own 123-page rebuttal claiming Trump never meant to pressure Ukraine when he asked for a "favor" - investigations of Democrats and Joe Biden.

As the Intelligence Committee hands over the report to Judiciary, Schiff made clear that his panel's work is far from finished.

Nadler extended an invitation to Trump and his counsel to participate in Wednesday's hearing, but the White House said Sunday that they declined the offer. The president is in London this week for the 2019 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.

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 United States election.

In reply to Trump and the Republicans' insistence that the investigation has gathered no evidence of wrongdoing, the 300-page report brandishes 100 hours of testimony from 17 witnesses and 30 hours of public hearings.

It has not yet been decided how many hearings Judiciary might hold or what charges potentially might be wrapped into articles of impeachment.

The report similarly relies on hearsay and presumptions to build the case for other allegations.

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