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House Democrats released their impeachment report Tuesday, and as you may have already guessed, it’s exactly the opposite of the Republican report issued Monday. It accuses President Donald Trump of abusing the power of his office by pressuring Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as other Democrats.
It was to be expected as Democrats push their way to impeachment before the Christmas holiday.
More importantly, it’s historic because this is the first time impeachment is based on absolutely no evidence, only feelings and suppositions.
The Democratic findings are stunning, since Zelensky, himself, said he was never pressured and in fact there was no investigation into Biden. In fact, the only thing the Democrats had were witnesses that had feelings, made guesses and assumed that Trump may have wanted to withhold military aid to Ukraine for an investigation into Biden.
Even Zelensky was unaware of what Democrats accuse Trump of doing. One would think that Zelensky would have had knowledge of the master scheme if he was being strong-armed by Trump.
He told reporters during the 74th U.N. General Assembly, “I think you read everything.” He was speaking of the transcripts of his phone conversation with Trump. Remember, the White House released a detailed summary of the conversation to the public.
“So I think you can read text,” he said. “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be involved to Democratic, open elections — elections of USA. No, you heard that we had, I think, good phone call. It was normal. We spoke about many things. An I — so I think, and you read it, that nobody pushed — pushed me.”
However, facts didn’t matter in this hearing because Democratic witnesses testified that they felt Trump’s phone conversation with Zelensky on July, 25 was disturbing and in fact, not the way the bureaucrats would have handled it.
What? This is enough to attempt to impeach a president.
Democratic lawmakers with the House Intelligence Committee concurred with those witnesses and Chairman Adam Schiff issued the findings in a detailed report, which he hopes will be the basis of the articles for impeaching Trump.
Schiff said Trump used his leverage over Ukraine for political benefit, even though Trump has given more military aid to the nation than former President Barack Obama did during his eight years in the White House.
Further, Schiff charges that Trump had temporarily withheld military aid and the meeting at the White House meeting with Zelensky unless the Ukrainian president investigated the Bidens and the 2016 election meddling by Ukraine on behalf of Hillary Clinton.
The $400 million in aid was, in fact, given to Ukraine after a short deliberation by Trump, who was concerned about growing corruption in the country. Zelensky never investigated anything and he still got the aid and meeting with the president.
In fact, one of the star witnesses for Schiff specifically witnessed Trump saying have Zelensky do “the right thing.”
U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland told lawmakers that Trump specifically told him, “I want nothing. I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo. Tell Zelensky — President Zelensky to do the right thing.”
Sondland’s quote was referencing a September 9 conversation with Trump.
The detailed Republican report’s findings:
- President Trump has a deep seated, genuine and reasonable skepticism of Ukraine due to its history of pervasive corruption.
- President Trump has a long-held skepticism of U.S. foreign assistance and believes Europe should pay its fair share for mutual defense
- President Trump’s concerns about Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board are valid. The Obama State Department noted concerns about Hunter Biden’s relationship with Burisma in 2015 and 2016
- There is indisputable evidence that senior Ukrainian government official opposed President Trump’s candidacy in the 2016 election and did so publicly. It has been publicly reported that a Democratic National Committee operative worked with Ukrainian officials, including the Ukrainian Embassy, to dig up dirt on then-candidate Trump.
- The evidence does not establish that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Burisma Holdings, Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, or Ukrainian influence in the 2016 election.
- The evidence does not support that President Trump withheld U.S. Security assistance to Ukraine for the purpose of pressuring Ukraine to investigate Burisma Holdings, Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, or Ukrainian influence in the 2016 election.
- The evidence does not support that President Trump covered up the substance of his telephone conversation with President Zelensky by restricting access to the call summary.
- President Trump’s assertion of longstanding claims of executive privilege is a legitimate response to an unfair, abusive, and partisan process, and does not constitute obstruction of a legitimate impeachment inquiry.