Tuesday, December 3, 2019

House Republicans Defend President Trump in New 123-Page Impeachment Report

Carlos Barria/Reuters
House Republicans continued to hold firm in their defense of President Trump in a new 123-page report, which is designed to preempt the House Intelligence Committee’s report which will be released Tuesday and will lay out conduct that could serve as the basis for articles of impeachment.
“The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor,” the report reads.
The report centers around the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and objects to the allegation that Trump pressured Ukraine into investigating the Bidens in exchange for the release of $391 million in aid that had been placed on hold.
“The summary of their July 25, 2019, telephone conversation shows no quid pro quo or indication of conditionality, threats, or pressure—much less evidence of bribery or extortion. The summary reflects laughter, pleasantries, and cordiality,” the report says. “President Zelensky has said publicly and repeatedly that he felt no pressure. President Trump has said publicly and repeatedly that he exerted no pressure.”
House Republicans argue that the Bidens were only mentioned “in passing” on the call and claim that Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani acted legitimately in Ukraine “because the Ukrainians knew that he was a conduit to convince President Trump that President Zelensky was serious about reform.”
“President Trump has a deep-seated, genuine, and reasonable skepticism of Ukraine due to its history of pervasive corruption,” the report states.
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