In the 300-page report, Democrats leading the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee leveled allegations of sweeping abuse of power by Trump, saying he used USA military aid and the prospect of a White House visit to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to undertake investigations that would benefit Trump politically.
Democrats on Tuesday (Dec 3) accused US President Donald Trump of abusing power to win re-election in 2020, saying in a report that will form the basis of any formal impeachment charges that he solicited foreign interference, undermined national security, and ordered an unprecedented campaign to obstruct Congress.
'When we travel overseas, we don't talk about the president in a negative way - we save that for home, ' she said.
Trump has called the impeachment probe a "hoax" and the congressional hearings "a kangaroo court".
Republicans defended the president in a 123-page rebuttal claiming Trump never meant to pressure Ukraine when he asked for a "favour" - investigations of Democrats and Joe Biden.
At the time, Mr Trump was withholding military aid, jeopardising key support as Ukraine faces an aggressive Russian Federation at its border.
It was Sondland who offered some of the most damaging testimony, including his memorable admission that there was a "quid pro quo" that conditioned a coveted White House meeting between Trump and Zelensky on the Ukrainian president's public announcement of the investigations sought by Trump.
If they draft Articles of Impeachment, the House only needs a simple majority to impeach Trump. "A case for impeachment could be made, but it cannot be made on this record", he says.More news: Iran's Rouhani calls for release of innocent, unarmed protesters
Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, told lawmakers that he, former Energy Secretary Rick Perry and former USA special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker "followed the president's orders" to work with Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, on Ukraine policy. Working with two business associates and a trio of US officials, Giuliani tried to force Trump's demands for investigations on Ukrainian officials.
However, neither Trump, who is in London for a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, nor his counsel Pat Cipollone will attend the hearing.
The Intelligence panel's findings are the culmination of an investigation that began in conjunction with the Oversight and Reform and Foreign Affairs committees in late September.
In an interview with the US cable network Fox News Tuesday, Nunes said he did not specifically recall talking with Parnas, but acknowledged he may have. "I think it's a bad thing for our country", Trump said.
The remaining three witnesses, all called by Democrats, will argue for impeachment, according to statements obtained by reporters.
To compel Zelensky to do this, Trump allegedly "conditioned two official acts on the public announcement of the investigations: a coveted White House visit and critical USA military assistance Ukraine needed to fight its Russian adversary", Schiff wrote.
The report was expected to focus on the findings by the Intelligence Committee in the Ukraine case - whether Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden as well as a debunked conspiracy theory about the 2016 presidential election as the USA dangled taxpayer funding to Ukraine and a White House meeting for its leader in exchange. "The President engaged in this course of conduct for the benefit of his own presidential reelection, to harm the election prospects of a political rival, and to influence our nation's upcoming presidential election to his advantage".More news: Woman missing in Northern Territory found dead
"It is a federal crime to intimidate or seek to intimidate any witness appearing before Congress", the report said.
"This report reflects nothing more than their frustrations".
"At the end of a one-sided sham process, Chairman Schiff and the Democrats utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump", she said in a statement.
From left, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and U.S. President Donald Trump.
They and other senior administration officials had "knowledge of, in some cases facilitated and furthered the president's scheme, and withheld information about the scheme from the Congress and the American public", the report states.
They also argued that Trump did not attempt to obstruct House impeachment proceedings, a claim that House Democrats have made.
The Judiciary Committee, led by longtime Trump nemesis Jerry Nadler, will open hearings on Wednesday with four legal experts expected to discuss whether the Democrats' impeachment process and the charges against the president adhere to the US Constitution.More news: U.S. passes bill demanding sanctions over China's treatment of Uighurs