House Republicans released their own impeachment report on Monday which goes after all the major Democrat talking points while asserting that all of their “fact witnesses” failed to name a single potential crime from the President.
The report points out that Democrats have actually been trying to impeach President Donald Trump for different “offenses” long before the recent impeachment probe into the call with Ukrainian President Zelensky. It reads:
Democrats in the House of Representatives have been working to impeach PresidentTrump since his election. Democrats introduced four separate resolutions in 2017 and 2018seeking to impeach President Trump. In January 2019, on their first day in power, HouseDemocrats again introduced articles of impeachment. That same day, a newly elected Congresswoman promised to an audience of her supporters, “we’re going to go in there and we’re going to impeach the [expletive deleted].” Her comments are not isolated. Speaker Nancy Pelosi called President Trump “an impostor” and said it is “dangerous” to allow American voters to evaluate his performance in 2020.
It continues by noting the seemingly political nature of the hearings and their timing coinciding with an upcoming election, stating that the goal is more for winning votes than any real fairness under the law. It said:
The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system. The Democrats are trying to impeach a duly elected President based on the accusations and assumptions of unelected bureaucrats who disagreed with President Trump’s policy initiatives and processes. They are trying to impeach President Trump because some unelected bureaucrats were discomforted by an elected President’s telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. They are trying to impeach President Trump because some unelected bureaucrats chafed at an elected president’s “outside the beltway” approach to diplomacy.
The sum and substance of the Democrats’ case for impeachment is that President Trump abused his authority to pressure Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, President Trump’s potential political rival, for President Trump’s benefit in the 2020 election. Democrats say this pressure campaign encompassed leveraging a White House meeting and the release of U.S. security assistance to force the Ukrainian President to succumb to PresidentTrump’s political wishes. Democrats say that Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the President’s personal attorney, and a “shadow” group of U.S. officials conspired to benefit the President politically.
The Republicans also focus on the fact that all 12 impeachment witnesses failed to name a single crime committed by President Trump. Many instead simply complained about foreign aid policies set by the President that they did not agree with. The report says,
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.
To read the entire report from House Republicans on the impeachment hearings, simply look below.