House Judiciary Releases Report On Constitutional Grounds For Impeachment

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday asked the USA judiciary committee to draw up articles of impeachment - formal charges - against Trump.

Calling the impeachment proceedings "completely baseless", the White House on Friday dismissed a Democratic invitation for Donald Trump to participate in hearings in the House of Representatives, which the president has framed as a partisan escapade.

"We don't see any reason to participate because the process is unfair", said a senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity to Reuters.

He quoted a tweet from Thursday in which Trump said, "If you are going to impeach me, do it now, fast, so we can have a fair trial in the Senate, and so that our country can get back to business". "The speaker has already announced the predetermined result and they will not give us the ability to call any witnesses".

"House Democrats have wasted enough of America's time with this charade", Cipollone wrote.

While impeachment is expected to pass in the Democratic-led House, the Senate is held by a Republican majority and would likely acquit the USA president as his 2020 re-election campaign gathers pace.

The findings from the House Judiciary Committee do not spell out the formal charges against the president, which are being drafted ahead of votes, possibly as soon as next week.

Representative Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, a former Navy helicopter pilot, said Democrats have done a lot but still have a long to-do list including election security measures and a bill to lower prescription drug costs that Pelosi said will come to the floor next week.

"A president who perverts his role as chief diplomat to serve private rather than public ends has unquestionably engaged in "high crimes and misdemeanours" - especially if he invited, rather than opposed, foreign interference in our politics", the Judiciary Committee Democrats said in their report on Saturday.

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Joshua added: "When I win, I will be like, "F*** everybody". "I don't know where he is in his life". And he will pick up the enormous cheque win, lose or draw.

"The earlier reports remain useful points of reference, but no longer reflect the best available learning on questions relating to presidential impeachment", Nadler wrote in a forward introducing the report.

Pelosi accused Trump of abusing his power by asking a foreign government to interfere in an American election for his own political benefit at the expense of US national security.

Republicans hope to win back some seats next year, including 31 congressional districts that voted for Trump in 2016.

They might also include a charge of "bribery" based on Trump's decision to withhold the military aid and stall on granting Zelenskiy a coveted White House visit the new president was seeking as a show of support from the U.S., its most important ally. "If the House approves any articles of impeachment, the President is entitled to present a full defense at trial in the Senate".

The Judiciary Committee is focused on two possible articles of impeachment that would accuse the president of abuse of power in his dealings with Ukraine and obstruction of Congress for refusing to cooperate with investigating committees.

It refers to the writings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others to link Trump's actions in his July phone call with Ukraine's president seeking political investigations of his rivals to the kind of behavior that would "horrify" the framers.

Collins emphasized that "to provide context and transparency" in the ongoing impeachment, "the American people deserve to hear" the testimony of Schiff, as well as the anonymous whistleblower and Hunter Biden, who is a former board member of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, a key element in the impeachment.

President Richard Nixon resigned before he could be impeached.

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