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Top House Democrat wants Mueller findings in impeachment articles against Trump

04 December 2019

The House Intelligence Committee yesterday released its "Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report" with a specific goal in mind: to summarize the panel's findings - so far - in its investigation of Donald Trump and his efforts to extort a vulnerable foreign ally for domestic political assistance. "If we are to keep faith with the Constitution and our republic, President Trump must be held to account", Karlan testified.

Trump is addressing the impeachment inquiry as he attends a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in London.

The president says impeachment is a "dirty word" that should be reserved for high crimes and misdemeanors.

He has argued that "those articles of impeachment that had been approved against Richard Nixon turn out to be relevant, as well, to the misconduct of President Trump". That begins today in the House Judiciary Committee. The impeachment inquiry has revolved around a July 25 phone call in which Trump asked the president of Ukraine to investigate former vice president and 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

After a thorough investigation of the available evidence and public testimonies regarding the President's behavior, Gerhardt concluded that Trump has used the power of the presidency to chip away at the Constitutional safeguards specifically put in place by the Founders to prevent against the establishment of an American monarchy. A columnist at Bloomberg Opinion, he has argued that Democrats should avoid legalism in their impeachment arguments - which would "consist of the idea that Trump's conduct can best be condemned by identifying a specific legal rule and showing that he violated it" - and he wrote a piece called "Trump's Quid Pro Quo Is Unconstitutional".

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"The impeachment inquiry has found that President Trump, personally and acting through agents within and outside of the USA government, solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection", the report said.

Their testimony came one day after House Democrats on the intelligence committee released a report accusing Trump of congressional obstruction based on his instructions for White House staff not to comply with subpoenas. According to the testimony presented to the House, the solicitation sought to gain an advantage that was personal to the president.

He recounts how the president of Ukraine said he felt "no pressure" and he contends that Ukrainian officials don't understand what the impeachment inquiry is all about.

"I think they should have just said, this is a very serious, sober experience for the country to go through, we're not going to talk about it until we have the facts", Card said.

"I am insulted by the suggestion that as a law professor I don't care about those facts", Karlan said.

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Trump has denied doing anything wrong.

Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., center, with members of the committee, speaking during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

"Soliciting itself is the impeachable offense", she said.

The House Intelligence Committee report released Tuesday is expected to form the basis for Judiciary to draw up formal charges - articles of impeachment - that could include bribery, abuse of power, obstruction and contempt of Congress.

If they pass as expected, Trump would then stand trial for removal in the Republican-controlled Senate, where he is likely to be exonerated.

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Top House Democrat wants Mueller findings in impeachment articles against Trump