Trump compromised security, abused office: House report

Trump compromised security, abused office: House report

Trump compromised security, abused office: House report

It indicates that the Democrats are preparing to bring forward articles of impeachment centred on abuse of power, bribery and obstruction of justice.

Witnesses reported hearing Trump and his representatives request Ukraine to investigate former vice president and current 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

"It is done for purely political gain, they are going to see whether or not they can do something in 2020 because otherwise they are going to lose", he said at the summit.

"In so doing, the president placed his personal 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".

Since Democrats hold a solid majority in the House, they should be able to pass the articles even if lawmakers vote strictly along party lines.

The inquiry found that Trump "solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection", Schiff wrote in the report's preface.

The White House dismissed the report.

Following the publication, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the Democrats "utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing" and that the report "reflects nothing more than their frustrations".

Trump is alleged to have withheld a White House meeting with Zelensky and the security aid to force Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and the Democratic National Committee.

It characterizes the president's misconduct as neither "an isolated occurrence, nor was it the product of a naive president".

The second Trump demand was that Ukraine try to corroborate a conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the last U.S. presidential election.

"Donald Trump is the first president in the history of the United States to seek to completely obstruct an impeachment inquiry undertaken by the House of Representatives", it said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi faces a critical moment of her leadership as she steers the process ahead after initially resisting the impeachment inquiry, warning it was too divisive for the country and required bipartisan support.

On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee is expected to hold its first impeachment hearing, which itschairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.

But newsreports indicated Democrats are considering expanding the grounds for impeachment beyond Ukraine.

The preface to the report was authored by Adam Schiff, chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Rather, the Republican report stated that, "The Democrats' impeachment inquiry 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".

But the president's Republican allies will be present. "Democrats seized on the whistle-blower complaint to fulfill their years-old obsession with removing President Trump from office", the Republican report said.

The inquiry centres around whether Trump froze almost US$400 million in military aid to pressure Ukraine to publicly announce separate investigations into interference in the 2016 USA presidential election, as well as former vice-president and political rival Joe Biden's son Hunter and his work on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

The Democratic-led House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, which has spearheaded the impeachment probe, said Trump had used USA military aid and the prospect of a White House visit to compel his Ukrainian counterpart to "do his political bidding".

And the committee also found Giuliani in contact on August 8 with numbers associated with the White House, and European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland also in contact with White House and OMB phone numbers on August 9 as negotiations with Ukrainian officials about announcing investigations were ongoing.

"I did nothing wrong", Trump said in London.

Sondland would later testify that there was a "quid pro quo" of an announcement of investigations in return for a White House meeting with Trump. Instead, they concluded that Trump was acting on "genuine and reasonable" skepticism of Ukraine and "valid" concerns about possible corruption involving Americans, not political self-interest, when he pressed the country for investigations of his Democratic rivals.

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