Schiff impeachment report offers nothing but predetermined conclusion

Clay Curtis
December 4, 2019

Jesse Watters dismissed the newly released House Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry report Tuesday, saying it didn't live up to the hype created by Democrats calling for the impeachment of President Trump. They point out Ukraine received the security assistance and Trump met with Zelenskiy without the country launching an investigation into the Bidens.

"Democrats can not and should not impeach President Trump for declining to submit himself to an abusive and unfair process", the GOP staff argue.

Democrats pushed the 300-page report through the committee on a party-line vote Tuesday evening, just hours after its release.

Republicans in a rebuttal to the report said Democrats have no evidence of impeachable offenses by Trump, only proof that he "holds a deepseated, genuine, and reasonable skepticism of Ukraine".

"The president engaged in this course of conduct for the benefit of his own presidential reelection, to harm the election prospects of a political rival, and to influence our nation's upcoming presidential election to his advantage", the report says. "In doing so, the President placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the USA presidential election process, and endangered U.S. national security".

Democrats charged that the White House's obstruction of their impeachment investigation was an "unprecedented campaign", detailing the numerous subpoenas that were defied over the two-month investigation.

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".

The White House and congressional Republicans have rejected the Democratic allegations.

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As it summons evidence of Trump's misconduct, the report responds to those arguments, pointing out that witnesses requested by Republicans testified in public hearings and expressing the consensus of scholars that no statutory crime is necessary for impeachment (though Democrats have alleged campaign finance and other violations).

"At the end of a one-sided sham process, Chairman Schiff and the Democrats utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump. This report reflects nothing more than their frustrations", White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

"The Democrats' impeachment inquiry, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, is merely the outgrowth of their obsession with re-litigating the results of the 2016 presidential election", the Republicans said in their report.

"President Trump's scheme subverted U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security in favor of two politically motivated investigations that would help his presidential reelection campaign", the report said.

Then it delivers distinct warnings about what Trump might do next if he is not impeached - and what future presidents might do if Trump is not challenged on his obstruction of Congress.

The report was expected to focus on the findings by the Intelligence Committee in the Ukraine case - whether Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden as well as a debunked conspiracy theory about the 2016 presidential election as the US dangled taxpayer funding to Ukraine and a White House meeting for its leader in exchange.

The vote on the Intelligence Committee report signals a shift in the impeachment process from that committee to the Judiciary Committee. He said in a preface to the report that "there remain unanswered questions, and our investigation must continue".

Hearing from legal experts at Wednesday's session, Democrats could begin drafting articles of impeachment against the president in a matter of days.

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