Top Republican lawmakers finalized a report Monday exonerating President Donald Trump from any wrongdoing regarding Ukraine just as Democrats with the House Judiciary Committee prepare to launch their own impeachment inquiry into the president, according to a report reviewed by SaraACarter.com.
Ranking Chairman Devin Nunes, with the House Intelligence Committee; Rep. Jim Jordan, ranking member and Ranking member of the House Oversight Committee and Rep. Michael McCaul, ranking member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs issued the report. It noted that the impeachment inquiry is nothing more than the Democrats ‘orchestrated campaign to upend our political system.”
President Trump departed Washington D.C. Monday to a NATO gathering in London and before he left he criticized House Democrats for moving forward with impeachment proceedings. The House Judiciary Committee is planning to hold its first hearing on impeachment Wednesday. Trump’s lawyers declined the invitation from Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler to testify.
Nunes, Jordan and McCaul, noted in the report that despite all the legitimate concerns the President had regarding Ukraine corruption and the Bidens, there was absolutely no evidence presented during the hearings suggesting that Trump intended to withhold aid unless the Ukrainians investigated the situation.
“The evidence does not support the accusation that President Trump pressured President Zelensky to initiate investigations for the purpose of benefiting the President in the 2020 election,” the 110 page report states. “The evidence does not support the accusation that President Trump covered up the summary of his phone conversation with President Zelensky. The evidence does not support the accusation that President Trump obstructed the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.”
“The unfortunate collateral damage of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is the harm done to bilateral U.S.-Ukraine relations, the fulfillment of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s desire to sow discoed within the United States, and the opportunity costs to the American people,” the report states.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-CA, was seeking to build a case against Trump, suggesting there was a ‘quid pro quo’ to withhold military aid from Ukraine unless the Ukrainian government investigated former Vice President Joe Biden’s son for his dealings with an alleged corrupt Ukrainian gas company. However, Schiff’s committee failed to prove Trump had taken action to withhold military aid from Ukraine. The Democrats attempted to pin what they hoped would be an impeachable crime on a phone call between Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky. Schiff’s witnesses lacked any evidence that would suggest Trump asked Zelensky to investigate Biden’s son Hunter Biden. Hunter Biden was a paid board member of Ukrainian energy giant Burisma Holdings. His role in the company from 2014 through the Fall of 2015, has come under scrutiny. During the time, his father was charged with handling Ukraine and Hunter Biden’s firm Rosemont Seneca Partners LLC, “received regular transfers into one of its accounts — usually more than $166,000 a month — from Burisma from spring 2014 through fall 2015, during a period when Vice President Biden was the main U.S. official dealing with Ukraine and its tense relations with Russia,” as reported by John Solomon at The Hill.
The Republican report specifically notes the call summary provided by the White House of Trump’s conversation with Zelensky on July 25. The call, which was listened to by a number of witnesses who testified at the hearings, did not reveal any of the Democrats accusations of “quid pro quo” with regard to withholding military aid.
Further, Democrats assertions that Trump was asking Zelensky to investigate political rival Biden, are disputed by Republicans. They note the Democrats use of Trump’s phrase during the conversation “I would like you to do us a favor thought–” to present the appearance that Trump was pressuring Zelensky.
Republicans state that Democrats omit the latter part of the sentence saying the “full sentence shows that President Trump was not asking Zelensky to investigate his political rival, but rather asking him to assist in ‘getting to the bottom’ of potential Ukrainian involvement in the 2016 election.
“The reading is supported by President Trump’s subsequent reference to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who had testified the day before about his findings, and to Attorney General William Barr, who had initiated an official inquiry into the origins of the U.S. government’s 2016 Russia investigation.
In fact, Zelensky, has repeated publicly that he felt no pressure to investigate Trump’s rival, Biden by the White House.
Zelensky responded to reporters during the 74th U.N. General Assembly saying “I think you read everything.” He was speaking of the transcripts of the phone conversation released by the White House.
“So I think you can read text,” he said. “I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be involved to Democratic, open elections — elections of USA. No, you heard that we had, I think, good phone call. It was normal. We spoke about many things. An I — so I think, and you read it, that nobody pushed — pushed me.”
The detailed report’s findings:
- President Trump has a deep seated, genuine and reasonable skepticism of Ukraine due to its history of pervasive corruption.
- President Trump has a long-held skepticism of U.S. foreign assistance and believes Europe should pay its fair share for mutual defense
- President Trump’s concerns about Hunter Biden’s role on Burisma’s board are valid. The Obama State Department noted concerns about Hunter Biden’s relationship with Burisma in 2015 and 2016
- There is indisputable evidence that senior Ukrainian government official opposed President Trump’s candidacy in the 2016 election and did so publicly. It has been publicly reported that a Democratic National Committee operative worked with Ukrainian officials, including the Ukrainian Embassy, to dig up dirt on then-candidate Trump.
- The evidence does not establish that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate Burisma Holdings, Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, or Ukrainian influence in the 2016 election.
- The evidence does not support that President Trump withheld U.S. Security assistance to Ukraine for the purpose of pressuring Ukraine to investigate Burisma Holdings, Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, or Ukrainian influence in the 2016 election.
- The evidence does not support that President Trump covered up the substance of his telephone conversation with President Zelensky by restricting access to the call summary.
- President Trump’s assertion of longstanding claims of executive privilege is a legitimate response to an unfair, abusive, and partisan process, and does not constitute obstruction of a legitimate impeachment inquiry.
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