WH Responds To House Intel Report

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The White House on Tuesday condemned the House Intelligence Committee's impeachment report, calling the inquiry a "sham process".

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

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.

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

Trump conditioned White House meetings on the investigations, and asked Ukraine's president to do him a favor during the July 25 conversation.

In London, Trump repeated his defence that his calls with Zelenskiy were "perfect" and that the impeachment inquiry was "a hoax", accusing Democrats of a three-year effort to undo his 2016 election victory as he seeks re-election next November.

The report is broken down into two sections, one on Ukraine and the other on obstruction of Congress - both of which are expected to be separate articles of impeachment.

Yes, Rep. Adam Schiff, who helmed the hearings, says otherwise. Deadlines were missed, subpoenas ignored and combative tweets about "a COUP" greeted Congress in place of conciliatory niceties.

The White House declined an invitation to participate Wednesday, with counsel Pat Cipollone denouncing the proceedings as a "baseless and highly partisan inquiry". And many members of the House Democratic Caucus have been operating on an assumption the California Democrat could deny efforts to incorporate the Mueller report into impeachment articles.

Pointedly, the report asserts, Trump's obstruction went far beyond anything attempted by President Richard Nixon, who agreed to let his staff testify voluntarily in the Watergate investigation, or President Bill Clinton, who provided written responses to 81 interrogatories. The report also presents never-before-seen call records showing that Rudy Giuliani was in direct contact with the White House and the Office of Management and Budget after military aid to Ukraine was suspended. One conversation with Parnas on April 12 lasted eight minutes, according to logs contained in the report.

Several witnesses, including former National Security Council official Fiona Hill, testified that there is no basis to the claims that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election.

By any measure, it is a historic turn of events that a sitting president is under threat of impeachment, but is still conducting diplomatic foreign policy overseas. A spokesman for Nunes did not respond to a request for comment.

The 300-page report comes hours before the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold its first formal impeachment hearing Wednesday morning.

"There remain unanswered questions, and our investigation must continue, even as we transmit our report to the judiciary committee", the report says. They said that they didn't find that Trump engaged in any wrongdoing, and that there was no quid pro quo.

For Democrats marching into what is now a largely partisan process, the political challenge if they proceed is to craft the impeachment articles in a way that will draw the most support from their ranks and not expose Pelosi's majority to messy divisions, especially as Republicans stand lockstep with the president.

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

But that didn't mean the president listened to their assessment of the country.

Trump was particularly critical of French President Emmanuel Macron's comments last month that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation was facing a "brain death" caused by American indifference to the transatlantic alliance. "The conversation was ideal", Trump said. Democrats, they argue, just want to undo the 2016 election.

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