Published: Wed, December 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Read: Democrats release impeachment report

Read: Democrats release impeachment report

Trump, speaking at a wide-ranging, almost hourlong news conference at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in London, lashed out at Democrats in the House of Representatives who are leading the impeachment inquiry into the Ukraine matter and denounced the censure idea raised by some members of Congress as "unacceptable".

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.

However, an aide to a member of the House Judiciary Committee, which is responsible for drafting the impeachment articles, countered that this possibility was off the table.

The full House would then vote on the formal impeachment charges.

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. In a morning meeting, Trump said the comments were "nasty" and "insulting". "You don't censure somebody when they did nothing wrong".

Democrats found that the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky - in which Trump asked Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden - was the "dramatic crescendo" of a months-long campaign driven by the President in Ukraine that involved a number of senior officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney. Opinion polls suggest Americans are bitterly divided over whether to impeach Trump. She said the report "reads like the ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing".

"There remain unanswered questions, and our investigation must continue, even as we transmit our report to the judiciary committee", the report says.

President Donald Trump will be spending Wednesday meeting with world leaders at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit near London, as the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold its first hearing as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

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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.

The House Intelligence Committee and the public have heard testimony from current and former officials that military aid was withheld from Ukraine and that a White House meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was conditioned on Kyiv probing Biden and his son Hunter as well as a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

"This is exactly what Alexander Hamilton warned us about", McCarthy said.

Meanwhile, sources confirmed to McClatchy that lawmakers are also having conversations about producing a "compromise" document laying out Trump's many alleged offenses presented underneath a cover sheet of a more narrow set of impeachment articles on which the House could vote - reflecting the investigative work of multiple congressional committees over the course of the past year since Democrats reclaimed control of the chamber.

The White House declined an invitation to participate Wednesday, with counsel Pat Cipollone denouncing the proceedings as a "baseless and highly partisan inquiry". Doocy is overlooking, however, the fact that Trump is doing the very same thing in hitting back at the Democrats, though that is certainly an understandable reaction to the impeachment inquiry.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and accused Democrats of using the impeachment process to overturn the results of the 2016 presidential election.

"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 spent Tuesday in a series of meetings headlined by a clash with a key ally - France - while praising an alliance member many other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members are concerned about - Turkey.

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