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Tue Dec 3, 2019, 01:58 PM

The Trump-Ukraine Inquiry Report

Source: House Intelligence Committee

The impeachment inquiry into Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States, uncovered a months-long effort by President Trump to use the powers of his office to solicit foreign interference on his behalf in the 2020 election. As described in this executive summary and the report that follows, 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 President demanded that the newly-elected Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, publicly announce investigations into a political rival that he apparently feared the most, former Vice President Joe Biden, and into a discredited theory that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that interfered in the 2016 presidential election. To compel the Ukrainian President to do his political bidding, President Trump conditioned two official acts on the public announcement of the investigations: a coveted White House visit and critical U.S. military assistance Ukraine needed to fight its Russian adversary.

During a July 25, 2019, call between President Trump and President Zelensky, President Zelensky expressed gratitude for U.S. military assistance. President Trump immediately responded by asking President Zelensky to “do us a favor though” and openly pressed for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Biden and the 2016 conspiracy theory. In turn, President Zelensky assured President Trump that he would pursue the investigation and reiterated his interest in the White House meeting. Although President Trump’s scheme intentionally bypassed many career personnel, it was undertaken with the knowledge and approval of senior Administration officials, including the President’s Acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. In fact, at a press conference weeks after public revelations about the scheme, Mr. Mulvaney publicly acknowledged that the President directly tied the hold on military aid to his desire to get Ukraine to conduct a political investigation, telling Americans to “get over it.”

President Trump and his senior officials may see nothing wrong with using the power of the Office of the President to pressure a foreign country to help the President’s reelection campaign. Indeed, President Trump continues to encourage Ukraine and other foreign countries to engage in the same kind of election interference today. However, the Founding Fathers prescribed a remedy for a chief executive who places his personal interests above those of the country: impeachment. Accordingly, as part of the House of Representatives’ impeachment inquiry, the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in coordination with the Committees on Oversight and Reform and Foreign Affairs, were compelled to undertake a serious, sober, and expeditious investigation into whether the President’s misconduct warrants that remedy.

In response, President Trump engaged in an unprecedented campaign of obstruction of this impeachment inquiry. Nevertheless, due in large measure to patriotic and courageous public servants who provided the Committees with direct evidence of the President’s actions, the Committees uncovered significant misconduct on the part of the President of the United States. As required under House Resolution 660, the Intelligence Committee, in consultation with the Committees on Oversight and Reform and Foreign Affairs, has prepared this report to detail the evidence uncovered to date, which will now be transmitted to the Judiciary Committee for its consideration.

Read more: https://intelligence.house.gov/report/

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brooklynite Tuesday OP
Bernardo de La Paz Tuesday #1
elleng Tuesday #2
BumRushDaShow Tuesday #3
elleng Tuesday #4
BumRushDaShow Tuesday #5
elleng Tuesday #6
BumRushDaShow Tuesday #7
Botany Tuesday #8
ffr Tuesday #9
PJMcK Tuesday #11
lagomorph777 Tuesday #10
cstanleytech Tuesday #12


Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 02:03 PM

2. Excellent!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 02:04 PM

3. NYT article

Trump Impeachment Report Released by House Panel

By Michael D. Shear and Nicholas Fandos

Dec. 3, 2019, 1:51 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released a report documenting the impeachment case against President Trump, laying out the conclusions of its inquiry into allegations that he abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to help him in the 2020 presidential election and then impeded attempts by Congress to investigate.

The report is based on two months of public and private testimony from diplomats and other administration officials who described a campaign by the president and his allies to get Ukraine to announce investigations of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and other Democrats, while withholding nearly $400 million in military assistance and a White House meeting for Ukraine’s president.

The report’s approval, expected on Tuesday evening, will set in motion the next phase in the impeachment of Mr. Trump, accelerating a constitutional clash that has happened only three times in the nation’s history. Both parties are poised for a fierce, partisan debate in the House Judiciary Committee over whether to draft articles of impeachment — most likely based on the evidence in the report — that could go to the House for a vote before Christmas.

If a majority of the House voted to approve articles of impeachment, the president would be impeached. The proceedings would then move to the Senate for a trial.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/03/us/politics/impeachment-trump-intelligence-committee.html

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 02:09 PM

4. Thanks

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Response to elleng (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 02:18 PM

5. You are welcome - WaPo & CNN just did theirs too

Impeachment hearings live updates: Intelligence Committee report says Trump placed his political interests above the national interests

By John Wagner and Colby Itkowitz
Dec. 3, 2019 at 2:09 p.m. EST

The House Intelligence Committee released a report Tuesday that said President Trump placed his political interests above national interests in his conduct toward Ukraine.

Democrats are seeking to build a case that Trump leveraged military assistance and an Oval Office meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in exchange for investigations of former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden and a debunked theory alleging Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election.

Earlier Tuesday, Trump called Democrats “very unpatriotic” for pursuing his impeachment while he is overseas meeting with NATO leaders.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/impeachment-hearings-live-updates/2019/12/03/50fec098-15ba-11ea-8406-df3c54b3253e_story.html


Democrats release report detailing Trump's alleged Ukraine scheme and discusses precedent for impeachment

By Manu Raju and Jeremy Herb, CNN

Updated 2:02 PM ET, Tue December 3, 2019


(CNN)House Intelligence Committee Democrats have released their report on Tuesday detailing how President Donald Trump sought political gain through his dealings with Ukraine.The report lays out the historical precedent for impeaching a president, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter.

The report from the House Intelligence Committee makes the Democrats' case for impeachment, weaving a narrative about Trump's handling of Ukraine, including with exhibits and phone logs, the sources said. The report will also compare Trump's lack of cooperation with Congress with the cooperation in past administrations to argue that this President has engaged in unprecedented stonewalling.

The committee's report serves as the backbone of the Democrats' impeachment proceedings against the President. The committee is expected to vote to approve it on Tuesday evening to send it to the House Judiciary Committee, where it is expected to serve as the basis of articles of impeachment that would be drafted by that panel in the coming days. Republicans on Monday released their report ahead of the Democrats, a document that fully defended the President's actions on Ukraine, and they accused Democrats of rushing to impeach the President without any evidence that Trump did anything wrong.

The Democratic report is based largely on the 17 witness interviews that were conducted over the past several months, including 12 at two weeks of public hearings, with testimony that detailed a lengthy effort spearheaded by the President's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to oust the US ambassador to Ukraine and then push Kiev to announce investigations into the President's political rivals.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/03/politics/house-intelligence-committee-report/index.html


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 02:34 PM

6. 'The report will also compare Trump's lack of cooperation with Congress

with the cooperation in past administrations to argue that this President has engaged in unprecedented stonewalling.'

OBSTRUCTION of Congress

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Response to elleng (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 02:37 PM

7. Good move too

because interestingly enough, the judge who just updated the case regarding McGahn's testimony (based on the ignoring of a subpoena from back last April), pretty much said the same thing in her order to refuse a stay and have McGahn testify.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 02:39 PM

8. all wrapped up and ready to go

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 02:46 PM

9. Reading this gives me wood.

I know, too much information, but wow!!!!

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Response to ffr (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 02:57 PM

11. Oak, walnut or pine?

(wink)

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 02:52 PM

10. Very clear and easy to read.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Dec 3, 2019, 03:12 PM

12. Trumps obstruction will be what will make it more difficult for the Republicans to discredit this.

Had he not done that they would have had an easier time at undermining both the inquiry and the inevitable impeachment in the House and trial in the Senate.

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