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This is nothing more than a continuation of the Greatest and most Destructive Witch Hunt of all time! Separately, a member of the intelligence community who filed a whistleblower complaint about a conversation or multiple conversations Mr Trump had with Mr Zelensky, has indicated he or she wants to testify before Congress.
It should soon become clear whether the whiff of scandal swirling around this story is overblown, or really is as serious as it seems.
The House Judiciary Committee would then draft and approve articles of impeachment, to be voted on by the House of Representatives.
The Democrats control the numbers in the House, but at the moment, fewer than of them actually support the impeachment inquiry.
More would have to come on board. Say they do, and the House does pass articles of impeachment. That is when the hard part starts. The next step would be for the other chamber of Congress, the Senate, to hold an impeachment trial, presided over by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.
To remove Mr Trump from office, a two-thirds majority of the Senate would need to vote to convict him. But eventually, that information would have emerged anyway — and there are signs he is genuinely worried.
While she opposed any move toward impeachment, she supported multiple committees' respective investigations into Trump's actions and finances.
The report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller , released on April 18, , found that soon after the firing of James Comey and the appointment of the Special Counsel , Trump "engaged in conduct Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded that "The President's efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.
Congressional support for an impeachment inquiry increased as a result. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi initially continued to resist calls for impeachment.
Fewer than 20 Representatives in the House supported impeachment by January , but this number grew after the Mueller report was released and after Robert Mueller testified in July, up to around Representatives before the Trump—Ukraine scandal surfaced.
Soon after the release of the Mueller report, Trump began urging an investigation into the origins of the Russia probe, wanting to "investigate the investigators" and possibly discredit the conclusions of the FBI and Mueller.
Huber , who had been appointed to the same task in by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Attorney John Durham to lead the probe,  and Trump directed the U.
Intelligence Community to "promptly provide assistance and information" to Barr, and delegated to him the "full and complete authority" to declassify any related documents.
Barr personally traveled to the United Kingdom and Italy to seek information; Italy's parliament is expected to begin its own investigation into Barr's meetings with Italian secret services.
In turn, Fruman and Parnas assisted him in his search in Ukraine for damaging information about Trump's political opponents.
From at least May to August , Trump and Giuliani pressed the Ukrainian government to launch an investigation that would have negatively affected Trump's political rival Joe Biden in the election.
Giuliani and his associates asked Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky to announce an investigation into the business activities of Hunter Biden.
Zelensky reportedly felt rattled by the pressure, according to Amos Hochstein , a former diplomat and a member of Naftogaz 's supervisory board, who alerted the National Security Council NSC of the matter in May The proposed investigation of Biden was based on a push by the U.
At the time, this request had bipartisan support in the U. Congress and was also supported by the European Union.
In a January letter to Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler , Schiff referred to a partially redacted text message in which Parnas told Giuliani "trying to get us mr Z," which Schiff asserted showed that Parnas "continued to try to arrange a meeting with President Zelensky.
This July 25 phone call was the subject of an anonymous complaint filed on August 12 in accordance with the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act.
In late August, Trump was notified of the whistleblower's complaint. Schiff argued that the complaint might have been withheld from Congress "in an unlawful effort to protect the President and conceal from the Committee information related to his possible 'serious or flagrant' misconduct, abuse of power, or violation of law".
On September 24, the White House released a non-verbatim memorandum of Trump's conversation with Zelensky.
Zelensky subsequently asked about obtaining more U. Javelins , to which Trump replied, "I would like you to do us a favor though" and requested the investigations into Crowdstrike.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren described this sentence as a "smoking gun" suggesting a quid pro quo. On September 20, , Roman Truba, head of the Ukraine State Bureau of Investigations , told American news and opinion website The Daily Beast that his agency had not investigated the Biden—Burisma connection and there were no signs of illegality there.
Anton Herashchenko , a senior advisor to the Ukraine interior minister , told The Daily Beast that Ukraine will open such an investigation if there is an official request, along with details of why an investigation is needed and what to look for; Trump's requests had come through unofficial representatives such as Giuliani.
Ukrainian foreign minister Vadym Prystaiko told a Ukrainian news outlet on September "I know what the [phone] conversation was about and I think there was no pressure.
This conversation was long, friendly, and it touched on many questions, sometimes requiring serious answers. In an interview released on September 24, Ukrainian diplomat and politician Valentyn Nalyvaichenko told The Daily Beast that Ukrainian authorities would be reopening corruption investigations into multiple individuals and organizations including, potentially, Burisma, Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort , TV host Larry King , and former prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko.
King was suspected of having received slush fund payments recorded in the "black ledger" that also named Manafort. Nalyvaichenko accused Lutsenko of having been in communication with associates of Trump "for vindictive purposes".
Trump and Zelensky held a joint press conference at the United Nations the same day the transcript of their phone call was released.
Zelensky told reporters: "We had, I think, good phone call. It was normal. We spoke about many things. So, I think, and you read it, that nobody pushed me.
There was no blackmail. Special Envoy to Ukraine, had in August drafted a statement for Zelensky to sign that would commit Ukraine to investigate Burisma, the company that Hunter Biden worked for, as well as the conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered with the election to benefit Hillary Clinton.
On September 22, shortly after the public had become aware of the existence of a whistleblower, Trump acknowledged that he had discussed Joe Biden during a call with Zelensky on July Trump said, "The conversation I had was largely congratulatory, was largely corruption, all of the corruption taking place, was largely the fact that we don't want our people like Vice President Biden and his son contributing to [ sic ] the corruption already in Ukraine.
Two people close to Trump told The New York Times that the behavior in the scandal was "typical" of his "dealings on the phone with world leaders", e.
On September 27, , the White House confirmed an allegation by the first whistleblower that a record of the call between Trump and Zelensky was sealed in a highly classified computer system at the advice of NSC lawyers.
On October 3, after saying the U. Trump responded by publicly urging both Ukraine and China to investigate the Bidens.
On the evening of September 24, , Pelosi announced that six committees of the House of Representatives would begin a formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Pelosi accused Trump of betraying his oath of office , U. Maguire, who had delayed the whistleblower complaint from reaching Congress, testified publicly before the House Intelligence Committee on September Democrats on the committee questioned his actions, arguing that the law demands the forwarding of such complaints to the committee.
Maguire countered that the situation was unique since the complaint involves communications of the president. Members of the House Intelligence Committee also asked Maguire why he chose to consult with White House lawyers when he was not required to do so by law, to which he responded that he believed "it would be prudent to have another opinion.
In a private conference call with Democratic lawmakers on September 29, Pelosi laid out how three of these House committees would begin investigating the President's alleged abuse of power.
The House Intelligence Committee would focus on the contents of the whistleblower complaint and whether the complaint may have been wrongfully hidden from Congress, while the Foreign Affairs Committee would focus on interactions the State Department may have had with the president's personal attorney Giuliani, and the Oversight and Reform Committee would investigate whether White House classification systems were used to secure potentially damaging records of phone calls between the president and other world leaders.
On September 27, , a subpoena was issued by the House to obtain documents Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had refused to release earlier.
Said documents include several interactions between Trump, Giuliani, and Ukrainian government officials. The documents were requested to be filed with the involved committees probing the issue; the failure to do so "shall constitute evidence of obstruction of the House's impeachment inquiry", as stated in a letter written to Pompeo.
Several members of the House involved with the impeachment inquiry sent him subsequent letters stating that they will be meeting with members of the State Department who may provide further information.
On October 8, , in a letter from White House Counsel Pat Cipollone to House Speaker Pelosi and the three committee chairmen conducting the impeachment investigation, the White House announced that it would not cooperate with the investigation.
To fulfill his duties to the American people, the Constitution, the Executive Branch, and all future occupants of the Office of the Presidency, President Trump and his Administration cannot participate in your partisan and unconstitutional inquiry under these circumstances.
In past impeachment probes, Congress has treated an obstruction of DOJ and Congressional investigations as an article of impeachment, either along with other alleged offenses Johnson, Nixon or even as its sole basis for articles of impeachment Clinton.
Giuliani's attorney, Jim A. Sale, sent a letter to the House Intelligence Committee on October 15, , stating that Giuliani would not provide documents subpoenaed by the committee.
Citing attorney—client and executive privilege , the letter characterized the subpoena as "beyond the scope of legitimate inquiry". Witnesses were questioned by staff lawyers, and committee members were allowed to ask questions, with equal time being given to Republicans and Democrats.
Transcripts were expected to be released and public hearings to be held at some time in the future. On the morning of the Cipollone letter on October 8, , Gordon Sondland had been scheduled to testify before the House committees regarding his involvement in the withholding of aid from Ukraine.
However, he was instructed not to attend at the last minute by the State Department upon Trump's command. Marie Yovanovitch , the former ambassador to Ukraine, testified on October 11, , in defiance of the White House although she remains an employee of the U.
State Department. Yovanovitch told House committees she was "incredulous" at having been dismissed in May.
A former adviser to the president on Russian affairs, Fiona Hill , testified before congressional investigators on October 14, After a meeting in which Sondland announced that there were "[Ukrainian] investigations that were dropped [and] need to be started up again" and under instruction from John Bolton the National Security Advisor from April to September , Hill expressed her and Bolton's concerns about Giuliani's activities to John Eisenberg , an attorney for the NSC.
A former senior adviser to Secretary Pompeo, Michael McKinley , testified on October 16, , after having resigned from his position the previous week.
Before appearing in front of three House committees on October 17, , Ambassador Sondland publicly released his opening remarks.
According to The New York Times , this conflicts with previous testimony given during the inquiry in which other State Department officials testified that Sondland was "a willing participant who inserted himself into Ukraine policy even though the country is not in the purview of his posting, and was a key player in [Trump]'s efforts to win a commitment from the new Ukrainian government to investigate his political rivals.
According to The Washington Post , "In the weeks leading up to that May 23 White House briefing, Giuliani's and even Trump's interest in spotlighting the Bidens' actions in Ukraine were hardly a secret.
On October 22, , Bill Taylor , the senior U. Taylor testified that he had learned in mid-July that a potential White House meeting between Trump and Zelensky "was conditioned on the investigations of Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the U.
Taylor testified that, alongside the "regular, formal diplomatic processes" with Ukraine led by himself, there was a "highly irregular", "informal channel of U.
The informal channel began in May , being "guided" by Giuliani, and also involving Volker, Sondland and Perry. Taylor said that by August he had realized the informal channel "was running contrary to the goals of longstanding U.
According to Taylor, the informal channel had "driven" the idea of a White House meeting between the presidents being conditional on the investigations.
Taylor noted that, during a June call between himself, Zelensky, Sondland, Volker and Perry; Sondland had said "he did not wish to include most of the regular interagency participants" and that "he wanted to make sure no one was transcribing or monitoring.
Taylor cited Sondland's telling him in a call that Trump wanted Zelensky to publicly announce he would order the two investigations, thus placing Zelensky "in a public box".
Taylor quoted Sondland as saying "everything" including military aid and a Trump—Zelensky meeting was contingent upon that announcement.
According to Taylor, he wrote a first-person cable to Secretary Pompeo on advice from Bolton: "I wrote and transmitted such a cable on August 29, describing the 'folly' I saw in withholding military aid to Ukraine at a time when hostilities were still active in the east and when Russia was watching closely to gauge the level of American support for the Ukrainian government.
I told the secretary that I could not and would not defend such a policy. Thirteen of those members participated in the protest.
The House Judiciary Committee asked to see secret grand jury information that had been used in compiling the Mueller Report.
The DOJ refused to turn it over, arguing that secrecy of grand jury material must be preserved and that the impeachment inquiry was invalid.
Howell ruled that the inquiry is valid and that the DOJ must forward the information to the committee within the week.
Some legal analysts noted that a White House counsel letter to Democratic leaders days earlier stating the administration would not cooperate with the impeachment inquiry—which was widely derided as more of a political rather than a legal argument—   may have backfired by contributing to Howell's rationale for her decision.
Charles Kupperman , Trump's deputy national security advisor from January to September , filed a lawsuit on October 25, , in which he asked a federal judge to rule which conflicting order he should follow: a subpoena from the House or an order from the White House not to appear.
His attorney said that as a private citizen Kupperman is not able to choose which directive to obey, adding that "Constitutional disputes between the Legislative and Executive Branches should be adjudicated by the Judicial Branch".
Vindman said that, additionally, he was concerned by two events, both of which he objected to senior officials in real-time, and which he reported to the NSC's lead attorney.
At the meeting, Sondland asked Ukraine to launch investigations into the Bidens to get a meeting with President Trump.
Vindman states that Bolton cut the meeting short, and that both he and Fiona Hill told Ambassador Sondland his comments were inappropriate, and that he reported the concerns to the NSC's lead counsel.
The second event occurred on a July 25 phone call between President Trump and Zelensky. Vindman states, "I was concerned by the call.
I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U. I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma, it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained.
This would all undermine U. Vindman said he had tried but failed to restore the full transcript. On the first article of impeachment, the House voted to Democratic Rep.
Tulsi Gabbard, of Hawaii, abstained by voting present. Gabbard, who is running for president has been critical of the impeachment process and had called for Trump to be censured instead of an impeachment vote.
On the second article of impeachment, the House voted to , with Gabbard again voting present. Earlier in the day, Trump left the White House without making a statement or taking questions from reporters.
Without receiving a single Republican vote, and without providing any proof of wrongdoing, Democrats pushed illegitimate articles of impeachment against the President through the House of Representatives.
Democrats have chosen to proceed on this partisan basis in spite of the fact that the President did absolutely nothing wrong.
Indeed, weeks of hearings have proved that he did nothing wrong. The House blatantly ignored precedent and conducted the inquiry in secrecy behind closed doors so that Chairman Adam Schiff and his partisan political cronies could selectively leak information to their partners in the media to push a false narrative.
I come to this floor not as a Democrat, not as a Republican but as an American. Trump has abused and violated the public trust. And it is our duty to impeach him.
Details about the call were brought forward by a whistleblower, who filed a complaint in August. No one is above the law.
Depositions with government officials involved in the Ukraine affair started in early October behind closed doors. An official vote approving an impeachment inquiry through a resolution passed in late October and on November 13, the House Intelligence Committee began two weeks of hearings.
Alexander Vindman. On December 12, the House Judiciary Committee debated for more than 14 hours and then approved two articles of impeachment against Trump, accusing him of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
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