House Intelligence Committee Democrats will conclude that President Trump worked with associates inside and outside the administration to pressure the Ukrainian government to investigate a 2020 political rival, The New York Times reported.
According to the Times, the report will likely follow the evidence laid out publicly by impeachment witnesses in recent weeks, but it still remains largely unclear whether the House Intelligence Committee plans to use its report to call for impeachment charges against Trump. It’s possible the report could just outline the factual evidence gathered throughout proceedings and leave it up to the Judiciary Committee to determine whether impeachment charges are warranted, according to the Times.
House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Monday evening that his committee is putting the “finishing touches” on the report and that it will be released publicly Tuesday.
“Even while Judiciary does its work, we will continue investigating. We’re continuing to issue subpoenas. We’re continuing to learn new information. That work goes on. But we also feel a sense of urgency,” he said. “This is a president who has sought for intervention in U.S. elections twice now. And even in the midst of our impeachment inquiry is, again, out publicly saying not only should Ukraine do this, but China should also investigate my opponent.”
House Intelligence Committee Democrats read the staff-produced document for the first time on Monday evening and a vote on the report will take place Tuesday evening after 6:00 p.m. ET, effectively handing off the inquiry to the House Judiciary Committee. While Democrats remain close-lipped about the document, Republicans released their full 100-plus page report on Monday, which essentially claimed no wrongdoing by President Trump.
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