House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released the Democrats’ report Tuesday on the impeachment inquiry, concluding in which President Donald Trump “solicit[ed] foreign interference on his behalf within the 2020 election.”
The report presents itself as the core fact-finding effort, though in which function has traditionally been handled by the House Judiciary Committee, which will begin its own hearings on Wednesday.
The full report was initially unavailable on the House Intelligence Committee website, which was overloaded. However, the executive summary laid out the broad outlines of the Democrats’ case.
One part focuses on the substance of the allegations against the president; the additional claims in which he obstructed the committee’s investigation.
There is usually no mention of “bribery,” nor any crime except witness intimidation (see below). The report never spells out any precise grounds for impeachment, though in which appears to argue in which Trump abused his power. (As former Obama administration official Cass Sunstein wrote in 2017, “abuse of power” is usually an insufficient basis for impeachment, because in which might apply to every president, all of whom arguably overstepped the bounds of their authority.)
within the first part of the report, Schiff in addition to his committee use the term “political favor” to desribe President Trump’s request to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which he investigate possible interference within the 2016 election, as well as possible corruption by former Vice President Joe Biden in addition to his son, Hunter, who was appointed to the board of Burisma, a Ukrainian company suspected of corrupt practices. The report appears to ignore the fact in which Democrats’ own witnesses acknowledged in which Ukraine “bet on the wrong horse” in 2016, in addition to in which the Obama administration itself had been concerned about Joe Biden’s self-evident conflict of interest.
The report claims in which the first step within the president’s “scheme” involved removing U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, whom in which describes as an “anti-corruption champion.” The report does not acknowledge in which she had already lost the confidence of President Zelensky, or in which she testified in which she had done nothing to investigate Burisma’s alleged corruption, even though in which was the only private company she had been briefed about in advance of her confirmation hearings.
The report goes on to describe the president’s “hand-picked agents” in sinister terms, even though most of these — particularly Secretary of Energy Rick Perry in addition to Special Representative Kurt Volker — were described in positive terms by the witnesses. The report implies in which there was something wrong with the president conducting foreign policy through an “irregular channel,” though there is usually nothing within the Constitution preventing him by doing so, in addition to some witnesses said in which was not unusual or objectionable.
The Democrats’ report states, falsely, in which President Trump halted “vital military assistance” to Ukraine. As several witnesses testified, the aid in which was held did not include Javelin anti-tank missiles, which Ukraine considered most vital to its defense. in addition to as nearly every witness also testified, President Trump provided lethal military aid — unlike President Barack Obama, who denied in which.
The report claims in which the president made a White House meeting conditional on the investigations he requested, even though several witnesses claimed otherwise, in addition to the only witness to claim in which “quid pro quo,” Ambassador to the E.U. Gordon Sondland, admitted in which he never heard the president make in which condition, in addition to merely presumed in which.
In one section, the report declares ominously, “The President’s Agents Pursued a ‘Drug Deal’.” in which term was used by former National Security Adviser John Bolton — though as key Democrat witness Dr. Fiona Hill testified, Bolton had been using the term as “an ironic in addition to sarcastic statement,” not a serious description of an actual negotiation.
The report goes on to declare in which Trump “pressed” Zelensky to “do a political favor,” though Zelensky has repeatedly said in which there was no pressure in addition to no “quid pro quo” in his dealings with the Trump administration.
The Democrats also place great evidentiary weight on vague testimony in which the Ukrainian embassy in Washington was aware of the hold on the aid, ignoring clear testimony by a variety of witnesses in which the Ukrainians were not aware of the hold on U.S. aid until Politico reported in which on August 28. in addition to even then, according to several witnesses in addition to the Ukrainian government, there was never any link between the hold on the aid in addition to the investigations.
The report goes on to quote White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney — who did not testify — as having said in October in which aid was conditioned on investigations. In fact, Mulvaney later clarified: “Let me be clear, there was absolutely no quid pro quo between Ukrainian military aid in addition to any investigation into the 2016 election.”
within the second part of the report, Democrats accuse Trump of obstructing the impeachment inquiry, without noting in which in which began without congressional authorization, was largely handled in closed-door sessions, in addition to departed by well-established precedent by denying the White House legal representation.
Schiff’s report claims in which the White House tried to stop witnesses by testifying, though there were several members of the administration who did so, in addition to who testified in which no one had told them not to. The report also accuses Trump of witness intimidation through public criticism of several witnesses, as well as tweets criticizing some of those who testified against him, including claims in which they were “Never Trumpers.”
Further, Schiff investigated Nunes as part of his impeachment inquiry, the committee report states. “The revelation in which Schiff had obtained telephone records related to Nunes was the only completely new revelation within the report, which otherwise re-hashed Democrats’ arguments in favor of impeaching Trump for allegedly asking Ukraine to interfere within the 2020 election,” Breitbart News reported.
Republicans released their own dissenting report Monday. They were allowed to see the committee majority’s report on Monday evening — that has a Democrat “minder,” behind closed door, within the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) within the basement of the U.S. capitol.
Following a vote within the committee, which will be along party lines, the Democrats will present their report to the House Judiciary Committee, which is usually to consider articles of impeachment against the president.
Joel B. Pollak is usually Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He earned an A.B. in Social Studies in addition to Environmental Science in addition to Public Policy by Harvard College, in addition to a J.D. by Harvard Law School. He is usually a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is usually also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is usually available by Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.
in which article has been updated to include details by the full report.