- Trump is accused of conditionally sending military aid to Ukraine in exchange for damaging information on Vice President Joe Biden.
- “The evidence of the president's misconduct is overwhelming, and so too is the evidence of his obstruction of Congress,” says the report.
- White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham downplayed the content of the document, saying it "failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing."
The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee delivered its final report on Tuesday seeking the impeachment of President Donald Trump. He is accused of abusing his position as the US president by requesting foreign interference in the nation’s presidential election scheduled for next year.
Trump is accused of conditionally sending military aid to Ukraine and scheduling a visit by President Volodymyr Zelensky to the White House to obtain detrimental information on former US Vice President Joe Biden, who is among the most favorite of the Democratic nomination to run for presidential elections next year. The report of the Democratic opposition-led committee, which is conducting the impeachment inquiry launched in September, also accuses Trump of obstructing the investigation and misconduct.
“The evidence of the president’s misconduct is overwhelming, and so too is the evidence of his obstruction of Congress,” says the report by Intelligence Committee Chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). By itself, the accusation of obstruction would be sufficient to support impeachment proceedings. “The impeachment inquiry has found that President Trump, personally and acting through agents within and outside of the U.S. government, solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection,” the report states.
The report summarizes information obtained in weeks of testimony from government officials involved in the case accusing the president and his allies of pressuring the Ukrainian government to open an investigation into Biden and his son, Hunter Biden’s involvement in suspicious activities in the eastern European country. “The president placed his personal political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the US presidential election process, and endangered US national security,” the 300-page report read in part. “We were struck by the fact that the President’s misconduct was not an isolated occurrence, nor was it the product of a naïve president,” says the document, which accuses Trump of exerting pressure on Ukraine for months.
White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham downplayed the content of the document, saying it “failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing.” She says the report resembles “a blogger’s ramblings in some basement striving to prove something when there is no proof at all.”
The content of the report is due to be voted on by members of the Intelligence Committee later this Tuesday, and is then forwarded to the House Judiciary Committee, which will begin to evaluate the text. If this second panel sets up and approves accusations against the president, the House floor will vote to decide whether to give the green light to the impeachment hearing to be held in the Senate, where Republicans have a majority. It takes the votes of two-thirds of senators to convict the president and remove him from office.