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

Nadler rejects Republicans' witnesses, moves to draft impeachment resolution this week

Nadler rejects Republicans' witnesses, moves to draft impeachment resolution this week

"All this presents a pattern that poses a real and present danger to the integrity of the next election, which is one reason why we can't just wait for the next election to settle matters", he said.

House Republicans are expected to argue that the Democrats' case falls short, that they lack sufficient firsthand evidence to conclusively charge Trump with abusing his power and undermining USA national security in his dealings with Ukraine.

It also aims to rebut some of the key defences made by Republicans and the White House against how the process has been conducted.

This is the fourth time in history Congress has moved to impeach a president.

The White House on Friday blasted the impeachment inquiry as "completely baseless", signaling it would not seek to defend the president in the hearings to draw up formal charges against him. This is a farce.

Scheduled to testify on Monday was a bipartisan group of lawyers from two House committees: the intelligence committee, which investigated Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden; and the judiciary committee itself, which investigated Mueller's findings.

Monday's listening to was anticipated to be contentious as Republicans confront legal professionals describing the contents of the Mueller report, which Trump has claimed was exculpatory and which Republicans argue vindicated the president. "That will be the big story!"

Most Republicans have stuck with Trump, saying there is no clear and direct evidence that he wrongly pressured Ukraine for personal political gain.

He did not rule out the possibility of a House vote on impeaching Trump by the end of the week.

Democrats eye Trump impeachment charges this week
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi , D-Calif., said Thursday that Democrats would proceed with drafting articles of impeachment. But Nadler declined to speculate on how many articles of impeachment will be brought against Trump and their content.

A Senate vote requires a two-thirds majority to convict and remove the president - unlikely in this case, given that Mr Trump's party controls the chamber.

The Democratic staff of the committee issued a 52-page report Saturday purporting to lay out the constitutional basis for impeaching Trump. Democratic leaders will meet later Monday evening.

Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, who is managing the broader inquiry, told CBS on Sunday that there was "overwhelming evidence that the president sought to coerce Ukraine into interfering in our election" and, more seriously, "deeply sought to obstruct the investigation into that wrongdoing".

Nadler said if Trump "had any exculpatory evidence", he would be making it known rather than rejecting participation in the hearings. "The requested minority hearing day must take place before articles of impeachment are considered by the committee". He said final decisions will come after Monday's hearing and discussions with the Democratic caucus.

Nadler pointed to a "pattern" of conduct by Trump in seeking foreign interference in elections but would not commit to including the evidence of obstruction of justice in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation as part of the articles of impeachment.

But many Democrats and others see the 10 distinct episodes of potential obstruction of justice by Trump

A new poll found that fewer Americans are closely following the impeachment inquiry as compared with several weeks ago.

Trump said over the weekend that his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani wants to take the information gathered from Giuliani's investigations and a recent trip to Ukraine to the USA attorney general and to Congress.

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