Republican release 110-page ‘prebuttal’ ahead of vote on Trump impeachment inquiry

'Getting, But Waiving, Due Process': Despite Cries of Unfairness, Trump Refuses Impeachment Hearing Invite

Lawyers for Trump won't participate in House Judiciary Committee's first public impeachment hearing

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff may have foreshadowed this article when he said during one of his panel's hearings that Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had made a "concerted and across-the-board effort to obstruct this investigation and this impeachment inquiry". The panel's Democratic majority has not yet released its own report on the inquiry. A vote on adopting the report is scheduled for Tuesday evening.

That committee's first hearing was already set for Wednesday and was expected to feature four legal experts who will examine questions of constitutional grounds as the committee decides whether to write articles of impeachment against Trump, and if so, what those articles would be.

Trump's White House counsel Pat Cipollone has refused an offer to take part, calling the inquiry "baseless and highly partisan" and violating "fundamental fairness".

More importantly, it's historic because this is the first time impeachment is based on absolutely no evidence, only feelings and suppositions.

Asked if impeachment proceedings cast a cloud over his negotiations at the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit, Trump lashed out at Democrats. House rules provide the president and his attorneys the right to cross-examine witnesses and review evidence before the committee, but little ability to bring forward witnesses of their own.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who has led the 10-week-old investigation, said it was important to move quickly because the evidence of Trump's wrongdoing is "overwhelming".

Republican Representative Jim Jordan, an ardent defender of Trump, told reporters he had read portions of the report in a secure room at the Capitol but was instructed not to discuss the contents until Tuesday night.

"It's easy to hide behind a report", Collins added.

Of course, not one of those things is actually true.

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 U.S. ambassador to Ukraine and then push Kiev to announce investigations into the President's political rivals.

According to testimony and a rough transcript of a July phone call by Trump to the Ukrainian president, Trump wanted Ukraine to announce investigations that would harm his political rival, Democrat Joe Biden, and bolster a debunked theory that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 United States presidential election.

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The Democrats impeachment case is so week that the Senate should dismiss it without a trial, just as a court can dismiss an indictment where the grand jury minutes fail to support its being returned.

But when asked if the proceedings weaken his position as he meets with other leaders, the Trump said, "I don't think so".

Throughout the drama, however, Trump has opted for stone-walling and flat-out resistance to what his supporters say amounts to a "coup". "If he has not done anything wrong, we're certainly anxious to hear his explanation to that".

Even Zelensky was unaware of what Democrats accuse Trump of doing. In the weeks thereafter, however, public opinion began turning on the Democrats the more voters learned about their case.

He also predicted that a hotly anticipated Justice Department inspector general's report about the investigation into Russian election interference would be "devastating". "They've wasted a lot of time".

A censure resolution, if introduced and passed, would be a formal, symbolic condemnation of Trump's action and a historically rare public reprimand by the House of a sitting president.

"People that refuse to acknowledge that threat I don't think makes our country safer", Warner said.

Trump called Zelenskiy's remarks a vindication and Republicans also have cited Zelenskiy's earlier comments - including that he never felt "pressured" by Trump - because they say it's evidence that nothing improper occurred.

"He didn't use the delicate language of diplomacy in that conversation, that's true". He wouldn't answer if they talked about Ukraine.

Collins appeared on "Fox News Sunday" and Demings and McClintock were on ABC's "This Week".

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