Over the course of 300 pages, the Democrats' report presents no direct evidence of Trump directing anyone to carry out the scheme that's alleged by the Democrats.
Based on two months of investigation sparked by a still-anonymous government whistleblower's complaint, the report relies heavily on testimony from current and former US officials who defied White House orders not to appear. The report, along with views provided by Republicans, will then be sent to the House Judiciary Committee, which is taking over the next phaseof the inquiry.
Trump expressed gratitude toward Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, despite Macron's concerns over the country's recent actions in Syria and its acquisition of the S-400 missile system. "He hasn't presented a defense and I don't know if he plans to", Napolitano said. "You don't censure somebody when they did nothing wrong".
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"Chairman Schiff's report reads like the ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing", Grisham said. The Judiciary panel, chaired by Rep.
At issue is whether the Republican president misused the power of his office to pressure Kyiv to investigate former US Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
"Given the proximate threat of further presidential attempts to solicit foreign interference in our next election, we can not wait to make a referral until our efforts to obtain additional testimony and documents wind their way through the courts", the report says.
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The White House declined an invitation to participate Wednesday, with counsel Pat Cipollone denouncing the proceedings as a "baseless and highly partisan inquiry".
Trump said Tuesday that he was not focused on impeachment while overseas but also spent portions of his busy day telling members of the press that the inquiry was a "hoax" and sharing several tweets about impeachment.
"It will be up to the Congress to determine whether these acts rise to the level of an impeachable offense, whether the President shall be held to account, and whether we as a nation are committed to the rule of law - or, instead, whether a president who uses the power of his office to coerce foreign interference in a USA election is something that Americans must simply 'get over, '" Schiff, Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel of NY and Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney of NY said in a joint statement.
"It is done for purely political gain, they are going to see whether or not they can do something in 2020 because otherwise they are going to lose", he said at the summit. The president is in London this week for the 2019 North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit.
"It sure looks bad", Williams said. Well, if it does, then the Democrats have done a very great disservice to the country, which they have. "They've wasted a lot of time", he added.More news: Google’s great Photos app is now a chat app, too
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who controls the chamber and is leading Democrats' impeachment push, declined to discuss impeachment during her visit to Madrid for a climate summit this week, saying it was inappropriate to talk about such a domestic matter while overseas.