Democrats Release Impeachment Report, Republicans Respond

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he meets with Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, U.S. November 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

House Democrats released their 300-page impeachment report yesterday, claiming that Trump misused his power to bribe a foreign leader to interfere in the 2020 election and that he obstructed impeachment hearings.

“President Trump’s scheme subverted U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security in favor of two politically motivated investigations that would help his presidential reelection campaign,” the report said, according to Fox News.

Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who led the Intelligence Committee in the hearings, tweeted shortly after the report was released: “The impeachment inquiry uncovered overwhelming and uncontested evidence that President Trump abused the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference in our election for his own personal, political gain. No one is above the law.”

The report accused the president of ignoring democracy for political gain and endangering the country. It also shed light on new details of Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s frequent phone calls to the White House and implicated other high-level leaders, such as Vice President Mike Pence; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; energy secretary Rick Perry; and, acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, in either knowing or being involved with bribing Ukraine, as reported by the New York Times.

“[The phone call] was a dramatic crescendo within a months-long campaign driven by President Trump in which senior U.S. officials … were either knowledgeable or active participants in an effort to extract from a foreign nation the personal political benefits sought by the President,” the report claimed.

More than 90 pages are dedicated to the president’s alleged obstruction to the inquiry in “a brazen effort to publicly attack and intimidate” witnesses and his refusal to adhere to the Constitution. The report highlighted that even President Richard Nixon, who was charged with contempt of Congress during his impeachment, produced records and allowed aids to testify.

“The damage to our system of checks and balances, and to the balance of power within our three branches of government, will be long-lasting and potentially irrevocable if the president’s ability to stonewall Congress goes unchecked,” the report said. “Any future president will feel empowered to resist an investigation into their own wrongdoing, malfeasance or corruption, and the result will be a nation at far greater risk of all three.”

In light of the report, House Democrats will seek advice from the Judiciary Committee, and constitutional scholars will discuss historical precedent from previous impeachment hearings. The next step is for the House, which is Democrat-led, to vote on impeachment.

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Source: Christian Headlines