House GOP Report Clears Trump, Condemns Democrats’ “Dangerous Precedent”
Written by Luis Miguel
Republican members of the House of Representatives on Monday gave a point-by-point rebuttal to Democrat arguments in favor of the impeachment of President Trump.
In their report, GOP lawmakers maintained that the evidence thus-far collected in the impeachment inquiry neither supports Democrats’ allegations against the president nor justifies his removal from office.
“The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations, and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor,”
Republicans wrote in the 123-page report, which was released ahead of Democrats’ impeachment report set to be released on Tuesday.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) fired back at Republicans in a statement, accusing them of demonstrating a political bias in favor of President Trump:
The Minority’s rebuttal document, intended for an audience of one, ignores voluminous evidence that the president used the power of his office to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political rival by withholding military aid and a White House meeting the President of Ukraine desperately sought. In so doing, the President undermined our national security and the integrity of our elections. Tellingly, the Minority dismisses this as just part of the President’s ‘outside the beltway’ thinking. It is more accurately, outside the law and constitution, and a violation of his oath of office.
The Intelligence Committee is slated to hold its vote on the Democrats’ final report Tuesday before sending the document to the Judiciary Committee, which will hold its first public hearing on Wednesday.
The minority report was penned by House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul (R-Texas).
In the document, the congressmen defended President Trump against Democrats’ accusation that he withheld military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure its government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.
“The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system,” wrote the Republican leaders, adding: “This impeachment inquiry and the manner in which the Democrats are pursuing it sets a dangerous precedent.”
Republicans note that Ukraine eventually received the aid, though Democrats contend it was only because the administration was caught withholding it.
But Republicans counter that the delay did not have to do with a “quid pro quo,” but rather because President Trump “has been skeptical about U.S. taxpayer-funded foreign assistance” and wants Europe to “pay its fair share for regional defense.”
“Although security assistance to Ukraine was paused in July 2019, several witnesses testified that U.S. security assistance was not linked to any Ukrainian action on investigations,” they wrote, adding that “the security assistance was ultimately disbursed to Ukraine in September 2019 without any Ukrainian action to investigate the President’s political rival.”
Additionally, the report defended the president’s decision to remove then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch from her position, noting that he acted within his “constitutional authority.” The lawmakers also defended President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, stating that he “did not violate the law or harm national security.”
Unlike Democrats, who have repeatedly insisted that there was no wrongdoing on the part of the Bidens, Republicans in their report claimed that “there are legitimate concerns” with regard to Hunter Biden’s role on the board of the Ukrainian natural gas company Burisma at the time his father was involved in Ukrainian policy as vice president.
Republicans’ report called President Trump’s concerns about the Bidens “valid” and pointed to previous witness testimony revealing that the
“the Obama State Department noted concerns about Hunter Biden’s relationship with Burisma in 2015 and 2016.”
They also refuted Democrats’ allegation of an attempted White House “cover-up,” arguing that President Trump “declassified and released publicly” the summary of his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, along with a redacted version of the “whistleblower” complaint.
In an interview published Monday, Zelensky again denied any quid pro quo with President Trump involving military aid and an investigation into the Bidens.
“Look, I never talked to the president from the position of a quid pro quo,” Zelensky said. “That’s not my thing.… I don’t want us to look like beggars.”
The Constitution limits impeachable offenses to “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
The Republican report held that President Trump has not committed an impeachable offense. Rather, Democrats “have engaged in an abusive process toward a pre-determined outcome.”
“For Democrats, impeachment is a tool for settling political scores and re-litigating election results with which they disagreed,” they wrote.
Luis Miguel is a writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American