Published: Mon, December 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

House Judiciary Committee heads deliver statements in Trump impeachment hearing

House Judiciary Committee heads deliver statements in Trump impeachment hearing

Democrats say Trump abused his power in the July 25 phone call when he asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy for a favor in investigating Democrats and engaged in bribery by withholding almost $400 million in military aide that Ukraine depends on to counter Russian aggression.

The president also weighed in on a report due out this week based on an independent investigation into the legality of the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election as ordered by U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

Collins was referring to polling conducted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in House battleground districts and found accusing Trump of bribery was the most compelling description of his conduct.

The Judiciary Committee is reviewing the findings of the Intelligence panel's 300-page report ahead of a vote, possibly as soon as this week, on two or more articles of impeachment on charges of abuse of power, bribery and obstruction against the Republican president.

"Witch Hunt", he tweeted as the hearing got under way. It's a key step before determining whether to level charges, known as articles of impeachment, against the president.

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Trump denies having done anything wrong and has called the impeachment probe a hoax. But a House GOP ally called Giuliani's trip "weird", coming as House investigators review allegations that Giuliani improperly worked on behalf of Trump to pressure Ukraine to pursue investigations into Biden and Biden's son, as well as a discredited conspiracy theory that Ukraine, not Russian Federation, interfered in the 2016 US election. But in one testy exchange, Republican attorney Stephen Castor dismissed the transcript of Trump's crucial call with Ukraine as "eight ambiguous lines" that did not amount to the president seeking a personal political favor.

Berke played videos of testimony by top U.S. diplomats involved with Ukraine supporting the charges, and a video of Trump claiming he has "the right to do whatever I want as president".

"He put his political re-election interests over the nation's national security and the integrity of its elections". "If he's acquitted, do you believe we'll have a fair election in 2020?" While Democrats indeed claim there is a mountain of evidence against the president proving wrongdoing, nearly all evidence is contested by those who support the president. But there, a two-thirds majority would be needed to remove the president from office.

Democrats appeared determined to push through to a full House vote on formal charges - articles of impeachment - before the end of the year.

Daniel Goldman, the majority counsel for the House Intelligence Committee, picked up on Democrats' argument that leaving Trump in office would open the door to further undermining of the USA electoral process.

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