Impeachment report finds ‘stark evidence of misconduct’ Withering in tone and rich with detail, the 300-page impeachment report ,
Released by the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday afternoon sharpened congressional Democrats’ case against President Trump, But the report clearly lays out the case against Trump, alleging he exerted improper pressure on Ukraine in seeking an investigation into his political rival,
And that he subsequently attempted to obstruct the congressional investigation into that pressure campaign. In the style of a paperback thriller — though with footnotes — the report describes “a months-long campaign driven by President Trump in which senior U.S.
Officials, including the Vice President, the Secretary of State, the Acting Chief of Staff, the Secretary of Energy, and others were either knowledgeable of or active participants in an effort to extract from a foreign nation the personal political benefits sought by the President.”
In conducting that campaign, Democrats argue, Trump “placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process,
And endangered U.S. national security,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff wrote in a preface to the report. “In making the decision to move forward,” Schiff’s prefatory note continued, Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 election was the subject of another, earlier report by former special counsel Robert Mueller.
But whereas Mueller avoided the question of whether Trump engaged in an impeachable offense — either in working with Russia during the election or, once in office, attempting to obstruct the investigation into Russia’s interference — Schiff and his Democratic colleagues had no such reservations, even as they couched their argument in the grave language of constitutional intent.