Published: Wed, December 04, 2019

Schiff impeachment report offers nothing but predetermined conclusion

Schiff impeachment report offers nothing but predetermined conclusion

Grisham's statement in response to the House Intelligence Committee's report comes after two weeks of public testimony in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. The report stops short of outright recommending impeachment, with House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, and the other committee chairs leading the inquiry said that was a decision Congress ultimately has to make.

The report will lay the foundation for the Judiciary Committee to assess potential articles of impeachment, presenting a history-making test of political judgment with a case that is dividing Congress and the country. Big surprise, then, that his report declares that Trump "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".

Whether to restrict impeachment articles to the current Capitol Hill inquiry or bring in elements of the Mueller report, released in April, has been a source of some disagreement among House Democrats that has yet to be resolved.

Republicans on the House Intelligence, Oversight, and Foreign Affairs committees released a 123-page minority report Monday evening that argues that Democrats have failed to establish any impeachable offenses by Trump.

"No one's talking about Ukraine".

"We're talking about impeaching the president and Juan is talking about call logs", Watters said on "The Five".

The report states that lawmakers uncovered "significant misconduct" by the president toward Ukraine that broadly placed his own personal interests above those of the nation. (Trump abused his office and endangered national security by withholding a White House meeting and military aid in an effort to extort an ally into assisting him in his reelection bid.) However, the ruling last week, followed by a denial of a request for stay, from the district court rebuffing the president's claim of absolute immunity should change the House's calculus.

Democrats charged that the White House's obstruction of their impeachment investigation was an "unprecedented campaign", detailing the numerous subpoenas that were defied over the two-month investigation.

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.

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 GOP report accurately noted that Schiff only created a "misleading public narrative" based on "hearsay, presumption and emotion": Not one witness testified to the clear "quid pro quo" that Democrats advertised would be exposed, nor to the "bribery" they later talked of. "Chairman Schiff's report reads like the ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing".

The report's findings on both Ukraine and obstruction of Congress are expected to be included in the articles of impeachment.

"Ambassador Sondland understood these phrases to refer to two investigations politically beneficial to the President's reelection campaign: one into former Vice President Joe Biden and a Ukrainian gas company called Burisma, on which his son sat on the board, and the other into a discredited conspiracy theory alleging that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 US election". The Judiciary Committee could vote next week and the full House Could vote by Christmas. He said in a preface to the report that "there remain unanswered questions, and our investigation must continue".

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