Global  

House Democrats lay out case for impeaching Trump

Video Credit: Reuters - Politics - Duration: 02:55s - Published
House Democrats lay out case for impeaching Trump

House Democrats lay out case for impeaching Trump

Trump solicited foreign interference to boost his chances of re-election next year, undermined national security and ordered an “unprecedented” campaign to obstruct Congress, Democrats said in a report that will form the basis of any formal impeachment charges against Trump.

Jonah Green reports.

House Democrats leading the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump on Tuesday released a report making their case against the president, saying he abused the powers of his office for political gain.

Based on 100 hours of deposition testimony from 17 witnesses, the report concluded that Trump sought interference from a foreign power into the 2020 election when he tried to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky into opening politically-motivated investigations.

Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said the evidence was indisputable: SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) REP ADAM SCHIFF, SAYING: “It involves a scheme in which Donald Trump withheld official acts, a White House meeting, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars of needed military assistance, in order to compel that power to deliver two investigations that he believed would assist in his re-election campaign." Those investigations were into Joe Biden and the unfounded theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 U.S.election.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) US DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: “These people are deranged.” Ahead of the report’s release Trump, at a NATO summit in London, blasted the Democrats.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) US DONALD TRUMP, SAYING: “I think the Democrats should be ashamed of themselves…I think Adam Schiff is a deranged human being….and some day, hopefully in the very long distant future, you'll have a Democrat president.

You'll have a Republican House.

And they’ll do the same thing.

Because somebody picked an orange out of a refrigerator and you don’t like it, so let’s go and impeach him.” Democrats also concluded in the report that Trump obstructed the impeachment inquiry by instructing witnesses and government agencies to ignore subpoenas, and publicly attacked and intimidated witnesses who testified about his misconduct.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) REP ADAM SCHIFF, SAYING: "If the Congress allows a president to so fully and blanketly obstruct the work Congress even involving an impeachment investigation into the president’s own misconduct, then we are begging for more of the same.

We are signaling to any future president they can engage in whatever corruption, malfeasance or negligence they are beyond accountability….This is not about Ukraine…this is about our democracy, this is about our national security.

This is about whether the American people have a right to expect that the President of the United States is going to act in their interests, with their security in mind, and not for some illicit personal and political reason.” In an advance of the Democrats’ findings , Republicans argued in their own report that Democrats had not established that Trump had committed an impeachable offense, even arguing that the president was right to try to chase down the debunked conspiracy theory the Ukraine interfered in the 2016 race.

The inquiry now moves to the House Judiciary Committee, which will launch its proceedings on Wednesday.

That panel will hear public testimony from four legal scholars on what constitutional basis a U.S. president can be removed from office.




You Might Like


💡 One News Page Knowledge: Other News Mentions

Democratic Party (United States) Democratic Party (United States) Major political party in the United States

US election: Wisconsin governor calls Trump lawsuit an 'assault'

President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn Wisconsin's election results by tossing ballots only from the state's two most heavily Democratic counties is an..
New Zealand Herald

Covid-19 coronavirus: Top Democrats swing behind bipartisan pandemic aid bill

Democratic leaders swung behind a bipartisan Covid-19 relief effort today, cutting their demands for a US$2 trillion-plus measure by more than half.They have..
New Zealand Herald

Biden transition: GOP objects to Biden nominees, a sign of what's to come

President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet picks are quickly running into the political reality of a narrowly controlled Senate that will leave the new Democratic..
New Zealand Herald

Arizona's Mark Kelly is sworn into Senate

With senior Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema by his side and his wife former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords watching nearby, Arizona Democrat and former astronaut Mark..
USATODAY.com

Jockeying for jobs: Tensions simmer inside Biden transition as new administration takes shape

Just below the surface of Biden's tightly scripted recent events, tensions are beginning to simmer as different Democratic factions jockey for jobs.

USATODAY.com

United States House of Representatives United States House of Representatives Lower house of the United States Congress

Bipartisan lawmakers propose $908 bln COVID-19 relief bill [Video]

Bipartisan lawmakers propose $908 bln COVID-19 relief bill

[NFA] A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and members of the House of Representatives on Tuesday proposed a $908 billion COVID relief bill that would fund measures through March 31, but it hasn't been embraced by the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Colette Luke has more.

Credit: Reuters - Politics    Duration: 02:37Published

Mnuchin and Pelosi to resume COVID aid talks

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin are set to resume their talks about COVID relief. Mnuchin spoke to reporters before..
USATODAY.com

Congressman Matt Cartwright on winning as a Democrat in Trump territory

Pennsylvania Congressman Matt Cartwright is one of only a handful of Democrats who held onto House seats in districts that voted for President Trump. He was just..
CBS News

United States Congress United States Congress Legislature of the United States

Fed and Treasury urge Congress to act now on virus relief

Without immediate assistance, Americans will lose their homes and small businesses will fail, Fed chair warns.
CBS News

Massachusetts on the verge of becoming first state to ban police use of facial recognition

Illustration by Alex Castro / Th

Massachusetts lawmakers this week voted to ban the use of facial recognition by law enforcement and public agencies..

The Verge
Kelly To Be Sworn In, Flipping Arizona From Red To Blue [Video]

Kelly To Be Sworn In, Flipping Arizona From Red To Blue

On Wednesday, Democrats will pick up a Senate seat when former astronaut Mark Kelly is sworn in as a US senator for Arizona. Kelly defeated Republican Sen. Martha McSally last month. Other senators-elect will have to wait until January to be sworn in for the new Congress. CNN reports that Kelly is able to take the oath of office right away since he won a special election. The swearing-in is slated to take place Wednesday afternoon.

Credit: Wochit News    Duration: 00:33Published

Trump calls for last-minute 230 repeal as part of defense spending bill

Photo by Erin Schaff - Pool/Getty Images

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump threatened to veto an annual defense bill authorizing billions of dollars..

The Verge

Donald Trump Donald Trump 45th president of the United States

US election: Furious Republican election official in Georgia demands Donald Trump stop spreading misinformation

In an astonishing spray, a visibly angry Republican election official has implored Donald Trump to stop spreading misinformation. US President Donald Trump has..
New Zealand Herald
Michael Flynn: President Trump, Please Suspend The Constitution And Declare Martial Law [Video]

Michael Flynn: President Trump, Please Suspend The Constitution And Declare Martial Law

Former national security advisor Michael Flynn shared an ad from a right-wing activist group on Twitter on Tuesday. The group is calling on President Donald Trump to invoke martial law, to 'temporarily suspend the Constitution,' and have the military hold a new election. In his post, Flynn tagged several Trump-supporting lawyers and media personalities, and wrote, 'Freedom never kneels except for God.

Credit: Wochit News    Duration: 00:47Published

Trump to travel to Georgia on Saturday to rally for Perdue and Loeffler

The president has refused to concede and baselessly questioned the results of the presidential election in Georgia.
CBS News
Biden Plans To Keep FBI Director Wray [Video]

Biden Plans To Keep FBI Director Wray

The NY Times reports that Pres. Elect Joe Biden plans to keep Christopher Wray on as FBI Director. A senior Biden official told The Times Biden was "not removing the FBI director unless Trump fired him." Business Insider speculated the move is part of the Biden team's broader effort to restore trust intelligence and justice systems. The institutions which have been in place to protect Americans has become overtly politicized under the Trump administration.

Credit: Wochit News    Duration: 00:26Published

Volodymyr Zelensky Volodymyr Zelensky 6th President of Ukraine since 2019, actor, director and film producer

Ukraine votes: Local elections seen as a test for embattled president Volodymyr Zelenskyy [Video]

Ukraine votes: Local elections seen as a test for embattled president Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Widespread corruption and worsening living standards have seen support for the president's party fall to 17%, down from a high of 43% in last year's parliament elections.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)    Duration: 01:00Published
PM and Ukraine president exchange warm greetings [Video]

PM and Ukraine president exchange warm greetings

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky in Downing Street for the signing of a free trade agreement. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Credit: ODN    Duration: 01:46Published
Boris Johnson welcomes Ukraine president to Downing Street [Video]

Boris Johnson welcomes Ukraine president to Downing Street

Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosts Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky in Downing Street for the signing of a free trade agreement. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn

Credit: ODN    Duration: 00:33Published
EU and Ukraine pledge to deepen relations, call on Russia to respect peace deal [Video]

EU and Ukraine pledge to deepen relations, call on Russia to respect peace deal

"The EU is — and will remain — Ukraine's biggest and most reliable partner," European Council president Charles Michel said after talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Brussels.

Credit: Euronews English    Duration: 02:17Published

Ukraine Ukraine Country in Eastern Europe

Real Madrid's CL hopes damaged with 2-0 loss to Shakhtar

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Shakhtar Donetsk beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, leaving the 13-time European champion’s hopes of advancing..
WorldNews
Soup-erpower? How Borscht is causing a spat between Russia and Ukraine [Video]

Soup-erpower? How Borscht is causing a spat between Russia and Ukraine

A Ukrainian chef is fighting to get Borscht recognised as part of his country's cultural heritage.

Credit: Euronews English    Duration: 01:19Published

Nato needs to adapt quickly to stay relevant for 2030, report urges

BRUSSELS (NYTIMES) - A high-level look at Nato's next 10 years recommends significant changes to confront the new challenges of an aggressive Russia and a rising..
WorldNews

Ukrainian Government Launches Web Series on Crypto Education

With crypto industry insiders searching for new ways to improve adoption, any form of help is undoubtedly welcome. In Ukraine, the local crypto industry is..
WorldNews

Ukraine confirms record daily high of 15,331 new coronavirus cases - health minister

KYIV (Reuters) - Ukraine registered a record 15,331 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, health minister Maksym Stepanov said on Thursday, up from a previous..
WorldNews

Related news from verified sources

Democrats Say Case Against Trump Is Clear

Democrats Say Case Against Trump Is Clear Watch VideoDemocrats on the House Judiciary Committee say they came away from a hearing with...
Newsy - Published Also reported by •WorldNewsFOXNews.comSeattle TimesReutersJapan TodayCBS News


House Democrats Release Full Impeachment Report Accusing Trump of Federal Crimes: Bribery, Wire Fraud in Abuse of Power

The House Judiciary Committee has released its full report on the articles of impeachment they voted...
Mediaite - Published Also reported by •Reuters


Democrats in swing districts feeling heat from constituents on impeachment vote

Congress is one day from a historic impeachment vote, and House Democrats seem to be lining up...
CBS News - Published


Related videos from verified sources

Trump Accuses Democrats Of Avoiding Senate Impeachment Trial To 'Protect Sleepy Joe Biden' [Video]

Trump Accuses Democrats Of Avoiding Senate Impeachment Trial To 'Protect Sleepy Joe Biden'

President Trump slammed Democrats.

Credit: Geo Beats     Duration: 00:37Published
Chuck Schumer Calls The New York Times Report A 'Game Changer' [Video]

Chuck Schumer Calls The New York Times Report A 'Game Changer'

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called The New York Times report a “game changer.” The report reveals new details about the Trump administration's hold on Congressionally mandated aid to..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published
Is Pres. Trump Winning Impeachment? [Video]

Is Pres. Trump Winning Impeachment?

A few weeks ago President Donald Trump was impeached. However, since then, little has happened. The government has gone on break for Christmas and New Years. Trump is assured an acquittal in the..

Credit: Wochit     Duration: 00:48Published